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Renewable Energy (SCIE90014)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCIE90014
Semester 2
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This subject examines the science, technology and policy instruments of a broad range of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind and water as well as other thermal renewables. Specifically, the subject covers:

  • Solar: Overview of the fundamental physics of solar radiation; Technical details of photovoltaic cells and concentrating solar power systems
  • Wind and water: Overview of the fundamental physics of motion involved in energy in wind & water; Technical details of wind turbines and hydro-power systems, including pumped Hydro-Energy Storage
  • Other thermal renewables: Overview of the chemistry and technologies for biomass for heat and electricity and liquid biofuels
  • Renewable integration and policy: Overview of renewable energy policy considerations; Understanding challenges of integration of renewables into power systems. This includes managing variability and the opportunities provided by storage and demand-side management.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the subject the student will be able to -

  • Accurately describe the technical details of a broad variety of renewable energy technologies
  • Describe the renewable energy resources in Australia and internationally
  • Discuss the relative merits of the different technologies in terms of cost, variability and technical constraints

Generic skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively on the technical topics to both a technically trained audience and to the general public
  • Understanding of the broad implications of technological change in the 21st century

Last updated: 28 August 2019