ENME405-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Energy Systems Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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.

Energy is the often invisible current driving the success and downfall of civilizations since antiquity. Modern man has tapped in to the earth’s vast energy stores (coal, oil, natural gas, and radioactive substances). The explosion in available energy freed us from the traditional and renewable modes of being. This has caused massive changes to ripple through the world, in scale, form, and nature of activities. Now we look forward to an uncertain future constrained by environmental challenges, resource security and energy availability. Moving into this future, an understanding of the complexity of energy systems is  essential for the Engineer who will be designing ‘things’ that need to work in this uncertain operating environment and for those who want to guide the adaption to a predominantly renewable system.

This course aims to give students an appreciation for the fullness of Energy Systems (from resource to use and waste), and to equip them with the tools (knowledge, calculations, computational analysis and methods of analysis) to quantify the effects of changes to technologies or behaviors. Students should be able to answer:
- Why doesn’t New Zealand have a 100% renewable power system?
- What is the net effect of a transition to electric vehicles?
- Does a hydrogen-economy make sense?
- What is the effect of insulating houses on peak power loads?

Course Content:
- Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies
- The Power System
- Buildings, Industrial, Transportation, and Agricultural Energy Demands
- Energy Analysis and Energy Economics

Learning Outcomes:
- Gain a qualitative and quantitative understanding for Energy Conversion Technologies and
Energy Storage Technologies
- Use commercial software packages for energy and energy systems modelling (EES & LEAP energy systems)
- Perform parametric thermodynamic modelling of a thermal power plant
- Understand energy as a system, from supply to demand, and perform systems level modelling for an energy problem
- Develop the tools and knowledge to think critically through energy claims, their feasibility, and fit


ENME305 or


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00 Civil - Mech E201 Mech Computer Lab
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
29 Mar - 4 Apr
02 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
29 Mar - 4 Apr

Course Coordinator

Mathieu Sellier


Daniel Bishop


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 23 Mar 2021 20% Geothermal Modelling (EES)
Term Test 31 Mar 2021 20% EC Technologies - weeks 1-5
Assignment 2 24 May 2021 20% Energy System Scenario Modelling (LEAP)
Presentations 10% During lectures during the week of 24/05/2021
Final Exam 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

David J.C. MacKay; Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air; UIT Cambridge, 2009.

John Andrews and Nick Jelley; Energy Science; Principles, Technologies, and Impacts; Third Edition; OUP Higher Education Division, 2017.

Vaclav Smil; Energy and Civilization: A History; MIT Print, 2018.

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 $1,204.00

International fee $5,590.00

* 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

  • ENME405-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021