ENME405-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Energy Systems Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


Energy resources, conversion and management. Energy conservation in industrial, commercial and residential sectors. Advanced power cycles, energy analysis, thermal system modelling. Fuels and combustion, environmental aspects.

Lectures will cover each energy conversion technology in the following manner:
   • Resource – Characteristics of the energy resource, availability, environmental impacts…
   • Energy Conversion Technology – Fundamental principles and design relations
   • Regulations and Economics – Any current or pending factors for the particular technology
   • Utilization and Integration – How this energy resource fits into the energy system.  
   • Safety, Security and Sustainability – Issues and opportunities for the future

The Energy System, Energy Introduction and Un-sustainability
Comfort and Productivity, Factory Conditions
Heating and Cooling Loads Calculation
Infiltration and Latent Loads
Building Energy Systems
HVAC Equipment
HVAC Controls
Energy Audit
Energy Audit Analysis
Energy Management
Demand Side Management
Energy Economics and Risk Analysis
Demand Management Economic Decision Analysis & Development Path Analysis
Energy Conservation and Efficiency
Renewable Energy Resource Prospecting
Solar Energy Technology
Solar Hot Water System Design
Solar System Design and Modelling
Passive Solar, Central Solar
Wind Energy Conversion Technology
Wind System Design and Control
Wind Farms and Power Supply
Geothermal Technology  
Combustion Engineering, Solid Fuels, Clean Coal, Air Pollution
Peak Oil and looking for Alternative Energy
Biofuels and Politics
Transport Futures: Electric Cars, Hydrogen, Re-Development
Carbon Capture and Storage, Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, Waves and Ocean
EROI, The Future, The Transition and Sustainability

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes and National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
    Knowledge outcomes:
  • You will be familiar with the wide range of technology and engineering involved in converting fuels or heat sources to electric power or energy services.
  • You will understand the state of the art for efficiency, alternative, and renewable energy technologies, and understand the technical and energy issues involved in any future development.
  • You will be familiar with the operating principles and state of the art for renewable energy.
    Skills outcomes:
  • You will be able to calculate the useful energy that could be produced from renewable energy resources to provide feasibility analysis and decision analysis for renewable energy options.
  • You will be able to perform an energy audit and write an professional report for a client.
    Personal attributes developed:
  • You will understand and be able to articulate the salient issues in energy with regards to security and sustainability of complex energy and environment systems.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


ENME305 or ENME315


ENME445, ENGR404

Contact Person

Susan Krumdieck


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 2 5% Energy Audit Data Collection
Assignment 5 15% Geothermal Modelling
Final Exam 40%
Assignment 1 27 Jul 2018 10% Energy Audit Calculations
Assignment 3 21 Aug 2018 15% Energy Audit Report
Assignment 4 27 Sep 2018 15% Energy Transition Modelling

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Vanek, Francis M & Albright, Luis D; Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation & Implementation ; McGraw Hill, 2012.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,144.00

International fee $5,210.00

* 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 Mechanical Engineering .

All ENME405 Occurrences

  • ENME405-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018