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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code N/A

2016
ATAR
TBC

No new admissions into this program for 2017.

Sustainable Energy Engineering enables the development of long-term solutions to meet the world's rapidly growing energy needs using alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass as well as sustainable energy production from existing sources such as coal and gas.. Students choose from three streams: chemical, electrical and mechanical. Each stream provides a strong technical and practical foundation in its own specialisation, together with a substantial component of cross-disciplinary studies covering specialised topics in sustainable energy.

Graduates from each stream will be specialised engineers with a focus on sustainable and renewable energy. 

•Sustainable Engineering (Chemical) is focussed on producing chemical engineers with the knowledge and skills required to improve and design ground-breaking processes that are technically, economically and environmentally sound. The program has been designed to meet the growing demand for chemical engineers with the skills to apply sustainable techniques in process engineering. Sustainable Engineering (Chemical) is suitable for students with an interest in maths and chemistry and in the design of processes to produce sustainable products for the 21st century.

• Sustainable Engineering (Electrical) is about the electrical technologies supporting renewable energy systems including solar and wind generation technologies, and the systems that we use to transfer electric energy across large distances. Graduates can expect to work in various industries involved with the development of the next generation of solar and wind turbine systems, integrating renewable energy sources into the power grid and controlling power distribution networks which contain a mixture of conventional and renewable power sources. Sustainable Engineering (Electrical) is suitable for students interested in environmentally friendly electrical energy production through developing higher performance and lower cost renewable energy systems.

• Sustainable Energy Engineering (Mechanical) concerns the design of systems that use heat and fluid flow to generate energy. It includes the assessment of aerodynamics, structural loads, vibrations, thermal power and cooling cycles, combustion and automatic control.  In addition to considering more sustainable traditional forms of energy production, the program is concerned with all possible renewable energy forms including wind, wave, tidal, solar, geothermal, hydro, pumped storage and biomass. Sustainable Energy Engineering (Mechanical) is suitable for students interested in designing sustainable and renewable energy systems and in solving problems related to sustainability.

 

 

  • Program Structure

    Sustainable Energy Engineering (Chemical) focuses on producing chemical engineers with the knowledge and skills required to improve and design ground-breaking processes that are technically, economically and environmentally sound.

    Sustainable Energy Engineering (Electrical) is about the electrical technologies supporting renewable energy systems including energy conversion units and power electronics converters.

    Sustainable Energy Engineering (Mechanical) concerns the design of renewable energy systems using heat and fluid flow as well as the design of systems and processes to realise a more sustainable energy production from traditional sources. It also includes the assessment of aerodynamics, structural loads, vibrations, thermal power and cooling cycles, combustion and automatic control.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved work experience.

    Please note that each level of the program is intended to be rolled out progressively on an annual basis, therefore in 2010, only levels one through three are available.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

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  • Areas of Specialisation
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Sustainable Energy (Chemical)

    Level I

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    * Students who have undertaken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths will be required to enrol in Maths 1A followed by Maths 1B. Students who have not taken SACE Stage 2 Specialist maths will be required to enrol in maths 1MA followed by Maths 1A and Maths 1B in summer semester to complete the requirements at Level 1.

    ^ Students with a Subject Achievement score of at least 13 in SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or equivalent must enrol in CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA / CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB. All other students must enrol in CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA / CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB.

    Level II

    Semester 1

    • MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics I (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG 2014 Process Engineering IIA (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG 2010 Introduction to Process Simulation (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 3017 Sustainability & the Environment (3 units)

    Semester 2

    • CHEM ENG 2013 Process Modelling and Computations (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG 2018 Process Engineering IIB (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG 2016 Professional Practice II (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG 2011 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3 units)
    Level III

    Semester 1

    • ELEC ENG xxxx Electric Energy Systems (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG xxxx Professional Practice III (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Process Utilities (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Simulation and Concept Design (3 units)

    Semester 2

    • xxxx xxxx Advanced Materials (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Power Electronics and Drive Systems (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Energy Management Economics & Policy (3 units)
    • MECH ENG xxxx Aerodynamics (3 units)
    Level IV

    Semester 1

    • CHEM ENG xxxx Professional Practice IV (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Wind Turbine Design (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Bio-Fuels (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Elective (3 units)

    Semester 2

    • xxxx xxxx Research Project (Renewable Energy) (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Plant Design Project (Renewable energy) (6 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Distributed Generation Technologies (3 units)

    Sustainable Energy (Electrical)

    Level I

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    • MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB * OR
      MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA * (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG 1010 Electrical and Electronic Engineering IB (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics Dynamics (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I (3 units)

    * Students who have undertaken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths will be required to enrol in Maths IA followed by Maths IB. Students who have not taken SACE Stage 2 Specialist maths will be required to enrol in Maths IMA followed by Maths IA and Maths IB in summer semester to complete the requirements at Level 1.

    Level II

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    • MATHS 2202 Engineering Mathematics II (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG 2007 Signals and Systems II (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG 3020 Embedded Computer Systems (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG 2012 Sustainable Energy Project II (3 units)
    Level III

    Semester 1

    • ELEC ENG 3016 Control III (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Engineering and the Environment (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG xxxx Machines and Power Systems (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG xxxx Signal Processing III (3 units)

    Semester 2

    • ELEC ENG xxxx Power Electronics and Drive Systems (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Project Management for Sustainable Engineering (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG xxxx Power Systems (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Aerodynamics (3 units)
    Level IV

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Plus courses in the area of Management and Professioanl Practice for Engineers, Power Quality and Condition Monitoring, Energy Management Economics and Policy, Distributed Generation Technologies, Wind turbine Design

    # Students accepted into the Honours stream will take Honours Project and other students will take Design Project.

    Sustainable Energy (Mechanical)

    Level I

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Level II

    Semester 1

    • MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics I (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 2100 Design Practice (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids 1 (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 3105 Sustainability & the Environment (3 units)

    Semester 2

    • MATHS 2202 Engineering Mathematics II (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 2101 Mechatronics IM includes Workshop Practice (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 2019 Dynamics & Control I (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 2002 Stress Analysis and Design (3 units)
    Level III

    Semester 1

    • xxxx xxxx Architectural Issues and Sustainable Energy (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG 2013 Electric Energy Systems E (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 3102 Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics II (3 units)
    • ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL* (also offered in Semester 2) (3 units)
    • CHEM ENG xxxx BioFuels (3 units)

    Semester 2

    • ELEC ENG 3025 Power Electronics and Drive Systems M (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 3032 Microcontroller Programming (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 3027 Engineering Systems Design and Communication (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 3101 Applied Aerodynamics (3 units)

    * Available only to students whose native language is not English; may be presented in lieu of one elective at Level IV.

    Level IV

    Semester 1

    • MECH ENG 4138A Sustainable Energy Design Project Level IV Part 1* OR
      MECH ENG 4139A Sustainable Energy Honours Project Level IV Part 1* (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Wind Turbine Design (3 unit)
    • xxxx xxxx Frontier Technologies (Sustainable Energy) (3 units)
    • xxxx xxxx Elective (3 units)

    Semester 2

    • MECH ENG 4139B Sustainable Energy Honours Project Level IV Part 2* OR
      MECH ENG 4138B Sustainable Energy Design Project Level IV Part 2* (3 units)
    • ELEC ENG xxxx Distributed Generation Technologies (3 units)
    • MECH ENG 4116 Engineering Management and Quality Systems (3 units)
    • ECIC xxxx Energy Management Economics & Policy (3 unit)

    # Students accepted into the Honours stream will take Honours Project and other students will take Design Project.

    Electives
  • Career Opportunities

    This program will develop graduates appreciation of the social and environmental requirements for the sustainable generation and distribution of energy on a rapidly growing world economy, and of the current and emerging technologies that can be applied to meet these requirements.

     Graduates can expect to work in various industries from:

    • Turbine designers
    • Power station engineers
    • Technology development
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Environmental and Pollution Control
    • Environmental consulting
    • Bioprocessing
    • Designing, developing and building renewable energy technologies
    • Distributed generation system design and planning
    • Economic planning
    • Sustainable Energy
    • Energy production
    • Government Advisory Boards
    • Urban Planning
    • Energy policy
    • Any product manufacture that embodies sustainable engineering practices
  • Professional Accreditation
    The program is designed to provide the necessary academic requirements for professional membership of Engineers Australia and many overseas engineering bodies.
  • Work Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved work experience.

  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

  • Further Information
    Telephone (08) 8303 6476. Email: ecms_office@adelaide.edu.au. Website: www.ecms.adelaide.edu.au. Open Day 2008, 17 August, talks at 11.30am (Electrical), 2.30pm (Mechanical), 3.30pm (Chemical). Information session Tuesday 9 December 2008.
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