ENNR423-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Sustainable Energy Systems

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

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. Model a simple renewable energy system with energy storage.
5. Describe and discuss demand-side management strategies


Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 E15
22 Mar - 28 Mar

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ian Mason


Rebecca Peer


Nicole Langedijk


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 (solar) 5%
Assignment 2 (wind) 5%
Assignment 3 Hydro/biomass/geothermal 5%
Fnal exam 55%
Project 30%

You must achieve at least 40% of the possible points in the final exam to pass this course.

Students may apply for aegrotats (e.g., due to illness) for all pieces of course assessment. Assignments will be considered separately from tests/exam during aegrotat evaluations.

Textbooks / Resources


Upton, S., 2004. A few facts about renewable energy. Paper presented to the Resource Management Law Association Conference, Taupo, New Zealand.

Highly Recommended:

- 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)
- Harvey, A., 1993 Micro-hydro Design Manual; a guide to small-scale water power schemes. Rugby, Warwickshire, UK: Practical Action Publishing, 2009, c1993.
- 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
- Vanek, 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.
Judd, Barry, 2002. Biodiesel from tallow. EECA web site.
Judd, Barry, 2003. Feasibility of producing diesel fuels from biomass in NZ. EECA web site.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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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  • ENNR423-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021