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    Energy auditing including site surveys, data acquisition, metering, assessment of demand, analysis of data, project management, monitoring, targeting and reporting.

    This paper teaches the practical skills needed to carry out energy analysis in an industrial and commercial setting. Energy analysis is the first step in designing improved energy systems. Students start by developing a toolkit of useful qualitative and quantitative methods for analysing energy systems from both a financial and a technical point of view. Students then learn to apply energy analysis to real-world situations by carrying out professional energy audits of real industrial and commercial sites. Students learn how to obtain and analyse site data, identify areas of possible energy cost savings and communicate this information to a real client with information on how to successfully implement improvements.

    About this paper

    Paper title Energy Practice
    Subject Energy Management
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,303.93
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    EMAN 304
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    Teaching staff

    Dr Michael Jack

    Dr Arjan Abeynaike

    Teaching Arrangements
    In addition to lectures and tutorials, the paper incorporates site visits and case studies of real industrial and commercial premises. In the past we have completed audits of a local microbrewery, the Dunedin Art Gallery, several schools, water and waste-water treatment plants around Dunedin, Orokonui wildlife sanctuary, coffee and tea factories and several shops.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes
    After completing this paper students will be able to:
    • Apply theoretical understanding of energy concepts to real-world situations
    • State and apply a range of energy-analysis methodologies (including thermodynamic analysis, financial analysis and Life-Cycle Analysis) to a variety of systems
    • Use intuition to assess an energy system and identify where to prioritise efforts
    • Communicate confidently and effectively in a commercial context both in person and through industry reports
    • Carry out an energy audit of a commercial site to the New Zealand/Australia Audit Standard
    • Work independently and as part of a group to manage projects and time and to seek and use alternative resources


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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