ENNR423-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015

Sustainable Energy Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 23 February 2015
End Date: Sunday, 28 June 2015
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 6 March 2015
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 22 May 2015


Energy systems analysis, modelling, and design. Solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal resources. Demand management. Low-energy buildings. Global and local perspectives.


Renewable energy – “the big picture”
Solar energy
Wind energy
Biomass energy
Hydro energy
Geothermal energy
The grid and renewable energy
Energy storage
Sustainable energy systems
Demand-side management
The New Zealand energy scene

Learning Outcomes


On completion of this paper a student should be able to:

1. Describe and discuss the current and potential contribution of sustainable energy resources to the global and New Zealand energy scenes.
2. Analyse and quantify solar, biomass, wind, hydro and geothermal resources for a given site.
3. Describe and discuss selected solar, wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal conversion technologies, and carry out preliminary sizing calculations.
4. Describe, discuss and analyse renewable energy systems for a given situation.
5. Describe and discuss demand-side management strategies.


ENNR313 or permission of Director of Studies

Timetable Note

Field Trip/Tutorials:
There will be an on-site field trip to the UC boiler house.  Tutorial topics will be advised as the course proceeds.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ian Mason


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 (solar/wind) 10%
Assignment 2 (biomass/hydro/geothermal) 10%
Assignment 3 (Project) 30%
final exam 40%
Term test 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Godfrey Boyle; Renewable energy ; 2nd; Oxford University Press, 2004.

Mackay, DJC; Sustainable energy--without the hot air ; UIT Cambridge, 2009.

Required Reading:

Upton, S., 2004. A few facts about renewable energy.  Paper presented to the Resource Management Law Association Conference, Taupo, New Zealand. (this will be provided as a handout).

The following are highly recommended to support specific parts of the course:

Boyle, G., 2007 (Ed).  Renewable energy and the grid: the challenge of variability.  Earthscan, London, UK.

Brown, R.C., 2003. Biorenewable resources: engineering new products from agriculture. Iowa State Press, Ames, Iowa, USA.

Duffie, J.A. and Beckman, W.A., 2006.  Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, 3rd Edn. Wiley, New York, USA.

Eastop, T D; Croft, D R., 1990. Energy efficiency: for engineers and technologists.  Longman Scientific & Technical.

Manwell, J.F., McGowan, J.G., and Rogers, A.L., 2002.  Wind Energy Explained; theory, design and application. Wiley, New York, USA.

Van Loo, S. and Koppejan, J., 2008 The Handbook of Biomass Combustion & Co-firing. Earthscan, London, UK

The following references are also relevant:

Gipe, P., 1999. Wind Energy Basics; a guide to small and micro wind systems.  Chelsea Green Publishing Co., White River Junction, USA.

Henderson, C.F., 1986.  Fuel ethanol from sugar beet and fodder beet.  New Zealand Energy Research and Development Committee, Auckland, New Zealand.

Johansson, T.B., 1993. Renewable energy : sources for fuels and electricity.  Earthscan Island Press.

Judd, Barry, 2002. Biodiesel from tallow.  EECA web site.

Judd, Barry, 2003. Feasibility of producing diesel fuels from biomass in NZ.  EECA web site.

Sims, R.E.H., 2002. The brilliance of bioenergy. James and James, London, UK

Additional Course Outline Information


Students are expected to attend lectures, tutorials and field trips; complete all assignments, revise lecture notes, and to enhance their lecture notes using the handouts and recommended references.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $988.00

International fee $4,725.00

* 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 Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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