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EMAN 404 Advanced Energy Resources

Paper Description

This paper provides students with an in-depth look at 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 advanced 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?

Assignments 50%, Final Exam 50%

Important information about assessment for EMAN 404

Course Coordinator:

Associate Professor Michael Jack

Lecture Topics

TopicLecturer:Associate Professor Michael Jack
Overview: general perspective, current world issues and technology trends.
Fossil fuels: coal, oil, gas.
Nuclear energy, hydro power.
Renewable energy sources: solar, PV, solar thermal; wind, tidal, wave power; biomass, geothermal.
Renewable and non-renewable energy conversion and storage technologies.
Energy efficiency: technologies and management.
New Zealand energy sector supply.
Energy and the future including exploring current trends and options.

Recommended reading: “Energy Science: Principles, Technologies and Impacts" John Andrews and Nick Jelly, "Renewable Energy Resources" Twidell and Weir and "Renewable Energy" Bent Sorensen

After completing this paper students will be able to:

  • Describe current trends and opportunities for renewable and non-renewable energy resources both in New Zealand and internationally
  • Understand energy-conversion technologies and their fundamental limits in terms of the fundamental physical transformations
  • Carry out accurate estimates of the energy yield from an energy resource for a variety of different resource types
  • Understand, at an in-depth level, the main environmental, social and economic issues and benefits surrounding different types of energy resources and technologies in modern society
  • Work independently to locate and use additional sources of information to form detailed, coherent written arguments about the pros and cons of alternative future energy scenarios


Formal University Information

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