Advanced Energy Systems

10 Units

Aims to provide students with an overview of energy sources (both renewable and non-renewable), fuel properties, combustion, thermodynamics and energy efficiency analysis, power cycles, energy conversion systems, and environmental implications of energy systems. The course will establish an appreciation of topics such as power generation from fossil fuels, clean coal technologies, biomass energy, solar thermal power, wind power, geothermal power, and nuclear power. Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Engineering Science and Master of Engineering Science will undertake this as a short course.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

The purpose and objective of the course are:

(a) To provide an introduction to chemistry, thermodynamics, and heat transfer fundamentals of energy systems. (b) To develop an understanding of physical processes associated with energy conversion systems. (c) To establish, at an introductory level, an appreciation of fuel technology, power generation, combustion and environmental implications of energy systems.

  1. Energy sources

* Fossil fuels * Renewable energy sources

  1. Characteristics of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels

  2. Combustion technology

* Reaction kinetics * Combustion chemistry * Flames * Power generation systems such as, gas-fired furnaces, premixed-charged engines, oil-fired furnaces, gas-turbines, direct injection engines, fixed-bed combustors, pulverised fuel combustors, and fluidised bed combustors

  1. Thermodynamics and energy efficiency analysis

  2. Power cycles

  3. Conventional coal technologies

  4. Clean coal technologies

  5. Biomass energy

  6. Solar thermal power

  7. Wind power

  8. Geothermal power

  9. Nuclear power

  10. Energy and environment

Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Chemistry, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and mathematics at BEngineering (Chemical) level
Modes of Delivery External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Class - Examination: Students must satisfactorily pass final exam to pass course. Criterion fail ensures that students exhibit analytical competency in the fundamental of advanced energy systems.
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution -
  • Other: (please specify) - Refer to course outline for detailed information on percentages for examination, assignments and projects. Regular assignments
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises -
  • Projects -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 30 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for CHEE6008

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