ENME405-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Energy Systems Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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.


ENME305 or


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
F3 Lecture Theatre (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 - (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
F3 Lecture Theatre (19/2-18/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 - (23/4-28/5)
E16 Lecture Theatre (20/2-19/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 27 Apr - 10 May
18 May - 31 May

Contact Person

Susan Krumdieck


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 27 Feb 2020 15%
Assignment 2 23 Mar 2020 15%
Assignment 3 24 Apr 2020 15%
Assignment 4 14 May 2020 15%
Assignment 5 27 May 2020 10%
Field Trip Attend one of two weekend field trips
Final Exam 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

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

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

* Harassment of any sort will not be tolerated.  Each UC student is here to learn and to experience a friendly and supportive community.
* It is every student's right to expect: respect and courtesy from staff and other students, including freedom from harassment of any sort; fair treatment; the ability to speak out about any issues that concern them, without fear of consequences for their safety and well-being.
* Furthermore, each student has the responsibility to: respect the rights and property of others; attend to their own health and safety, and that of others; and behave in a manner towards each other that does not reflect badly on the student body or the University.
* If you, or someone you know, has experienced harassment, please talk to your lecturers, directors of study, or head of department.

Dishonest Practice
* Plagiarism, collusion, copying, and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
* Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (test, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgment of the source.
* Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the named author(s).
* Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
* Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.

Do not engage in dishonest practices. The Department reserves the right to refer dishonest practices to the University Proctor and where appropriate to not mark the work.
The University regulations on academic integrity and dishonest practice can be found here.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,191.00

International fee $5,589.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering.

All ENME405 Occurrences

  • ENME405-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020