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Energy systems analysis, modelling, and design. Solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal resources. Demand management. Low-energy buildings. Global and local perspectives.
Outline: Renewable energy – “the big picture”Solar energy Wind energyBiomass energyHydro energyGeothermal energyThe grid and renewable energyEnergy storageSustainable energy systemsDemand-side managementThe New Zealand energy scene
Objectives: 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
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.
Oxford University Press, 2004.
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, UKThe 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
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.
Domestic fee $1,018.00
International fee $4,863.00
* 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.
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Civil and Natural Resources Engineering