Introduction to the science and technology of renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Explores the technical, economic and developmental status of each resource and their role in energy transition and decarbonisation.
This paper provides students with an introduction to the world of renewable and non-renewable energy resources and technologies. Students will be given an overview of the current trends and opportunities for renewable and non-renewable energy resources in New Zealand and internationally and will gain an understanding of the fundamental physical principles behind present and future technologies that convert these resources into useful energy supply. Armed with a quantitative technical understanding, students will also grapple with some of the bigger questions about our energy future: "What are the options for renewable energy in New Zealand and elsewhere?"; "How will current technology trends impact energy systems of the future?"
About this paper
|Renewable Energy Technologies
|Semester 2 (On campus)
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- 54 100-level points
- Pre or Corequisite
- MATH 120 or MATH 130 or MATH 140 or COMO 101 or FINC 102
- EMAN 404
- Schedule C
- More information link
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- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Michael Jack
- Recommended reading: "Renewable Energy - Power for a Sustainable Future", 3rd Edition, Edited by Godfrey Boyle
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- After completing this paper students will be able to:
- State the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and how these apply to a variety of energy resources
- Describe some of the current trends and opportunities for renewable and non-renewable energy resources both in New Zealand and internationally
- Understand energy conversion technologies in terms of the fundamental physical transformations between different types of energy
- Carry out elementary estimates of the energy yield from an energy resource for a variety of different resource types
- Understand, at an introductory level, the environmental, social and economic issues and benefits surrounding different types of energy resources and technologies in modern society
- Form written arguments about the pros and cons of alternative future energy scenarios