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This course explores various emerging technologies related to the needs for energy, including the supply of renewable energy. This includes topics such as combined heat and power systems, biomass and thermo-chemical processing, wind, geothermal and solar energy processes. This course will also discuss the applications of catalysis in the production of energy carriers, starting at a basic level, and includes sections on adsorption and surface science, catalytic kinetics, evaluation on the modern catalytic processes in oil/gas refinery and studying key characteristics of emerging nanomaterials that enable them to become an effective catalyst in energy applications.
Topics include: • Overview of world energy outlook, and New Zealand energy demands and related environmental issues.• Renewable energy supply and technologies: Wind, Solar, Geothermal.• Introduction to biomass resources and conversion technologies.• Energy demands and CO2 emission analysis for transport, diary and wood processing sectors. • Applications of exergy analysis in energy systems• Introduction to heterogeneous catalysis.• Catalysis in the conversion of natural gas.
After completing this course, the students will understand the present issues and opportunities in energy and energy related sectors. Students are expected to be able to: Understand the energy demand and composition.Understand the environmental concerns and future energy supply issues due to heavily use of fossil fuels.Understand the renewable energy resources and related technologies and systems.Analyze energy systems using exergy concept. Understand importance and applications of catalysis in energy conversion and development of new technologies. Eventually the students can make choices on energy resources and technologies in the future for increasing energy efficiency and promotion of renewable energy use.
ENCH291 or subject to approval of the Director of Studies.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Workload36 lectures plus 6 tutorials
David JC MacKay;
Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air
Mark E Davis, Robert J Davis;
Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering
The materials to be taught will be selected from a number of references including recently published books and journal papers , and these references will be provided at the lectures.
Prerequisites: ENGR101ENCH291 or subject to approval of the Director of Studies.
Domestic fee $1,002.00
International fee $5,625.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Chemical and Process Engineering