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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.
Overview:Energy systems analysis, modelling, and design. Solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal resources. Demand-side management. Low-energy buildings. Global and local perspectives.
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. Model a simple renewable energy system with energy storage5. Describe and discuss demand-side management strategies.
ENNR313 or ENCI 313 or permission of Director of Studies
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Students are expected to attend lectures, tutorials and field trips; complete all assignments, revise lecture notes, and to add to their lecture notes using the handouts and recommended references.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.
Required Reading:Boyle, G., 2012 (Ed). Renewable Energy, 3rd Edn. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.MacKay, D.J.C., 2008. Sustainable Energy – without the hot air. UIT Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Available free on-line at: www.withouthotair.comUpton, 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 & the grid: the challenge of variability. Earthscan, 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., 2013. Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, 4th Edn. Wiley, New York, USA. (also earlier editions)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, UKVanek, F.M., Albright, L.D. and Angenent, L.T., 2012. Energy Systems Engineering, 2nd Edn. McGraw-Hill, New York, USA.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.
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 $1,080.00
International fee $5,250.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.