MECH ENG 4064 - Renewable Power Technologies

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course introduces students to the mechanical aspects (primarily fluid mechanics and thermodynamics) of renewable power technology and generation. The course focuses on the fundamental and applied sciences related to wind power, hydropower, ocean (wave and tidal) power, solar-thermal and geo-thermal heating, solar thermal powered cooling, heat storage and solar PV systems, as well as broader issues related to technology implementation. At the end of the course students are expected to have the knowledge to be able to help design, assess and compare different sustainable power generation systems, factoring in economic and environmental impacts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 4064
    Course Renewable Power Technologies
    Coordinating Unit Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible MECH ENG 4144, MECH ENG 4145
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 2021
    Course Description This course introduces students to the mechanical aspects (primarily fluid mechanics and thermodynamics) of renewable power technology and generation. The course focuses on the fundamental and applied sciences related to wind power, hydropower, ocean (wave and tidal) power, solar-thermal and geo-thermal heating, solar thermal powered cooling, heat storage and solar PV systems, as well as broader issues related to technology implementation.

    At the end of the course students are expected to have the knowledge to be able to help design, assess and compare different sustainable power generation systems, factoring in economic and environmental impacts.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Eric Hu

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the end of the course students are expected to have the knowledge to be able to help design, assess and compare different sustainable power generation systems, factoring in economic and environmental impacts.

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Understand the basic principles, processes, and applications of each of relevant technologies.
    2 Calculate potential power in wind, hydro, ocean, solar thermal, geothermal and PV systems.
    3 Design the mechanics aspects of power generation systems that utilise wind, hydro, ocean, solar thermal, geothermal and PV systems
    4 Develop a simple economic and environmental assessment of the technology
    5 Assess the feasibility of renewable energy design systems in terms of demand and environmental impact

     
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  
     
    1.11.21.31.41.51.62.12.22.32.43.13.23.33.43.53.6
    A A B B C C C C C B C C C C C
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1-5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1-5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2-5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1-5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1-5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4-5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no text book as such for this course. Instead, lecture notes are essential and required for both parts of the course. In addition, the following reference books are recommended:
    Part I (Renewable Thermal and Solar PV Technologies):
    1. Energy Conversion. Yogi Goswami and Frank Kreith, CRC Press, 2008 (ISBN 1-42004-431-1)
    2. Handbook of Energy and renewable Energy. Frank Kreith and Yogi Goswami, CRC Press, 2007 (ISBN 0-8493-1730-4)
    3. Treatise on Solar Energy, Volume : Fundamentals of solar Energy, H.P Garg, 1982, ISBN 0471 10180X.
    4. Geothermal Power Plants, by Ronald DiPippo, ISBN 978 0 750 68620 4.
    5. https://www.pveducation.org/
    Part II (Renewable Fluid Power Tech):
    There are numerous textbooks used for this section of the course. However, specific textbooks are recommended.
    Recommended Resources
    The Barr Smith Library has many textbooks, which are concerned with energy and renewable energy and their applications. Students are encouraged to consult these books to enrich their knowledge with these books.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    The required time commitment is 24 hours attendance at lectures, 24 hours tutorials, 6 hours practicals, 24 hours of revising course material and 48 hours completing assignments, reports and preparing for exam and/or quizzes.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Part I:
    Week 1: Topic 1: Sun & earth, and Solar Energy
    Week 2: Topic 2: Solar water heaters
    Week 3: Topic 3: Solar cooling/refrigeration
    Week 4: Topic 4: Solar thermal power generation-SAPG
    Week 5: Topic 5: Geothermal heat storage and Guest lecture
    Week 6: Topic 6: Solar PV
    Part II:
    Week 7: Topic 7: Introduction to wind, hydro, wave, and tidal
    Week 8: Topic 8: Wind
    Week 9: Topic 9: Hydro
    Week 10: Topic 10: Wave
    Week 11: Topic 11: Tidal
    Week 12: Topic 12: Summary
    Specific Course Requirements
    This is an honours-level engineering course. It is assumed students will have completed all courses in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year engineering prior to commencing this course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/
    Group
    Task Type Due (week)* Learning Outcome
    Assignment (3) 24% Individual Summative & Formative

    Weeks 2-7

    1. 2. 3. 5
    Online quizzes (4) 20% Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 5
    Special Assignment (i.e. open ended question) 16% Individual Summative & Formative Week 7 1. 2. 3. 5
    Reports (2) 40% Individual Summative & Formative Weeks 8-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    For Part I the quizzes are used to confirm knowledge covered in lectures. The assignments are individual assessments on the technical topics covered.

    For Part II the quizzes are used to confirm knowledge. The two reports are individual assessments where students are expected to identify locations and design systems (wind & hydro), as could be expected from graduates working in industry. The reports are assessed equally based on the written component of the report, and the engineering calculations.
    Submission
    All assignments will be through online submission (uploading a pdf). A proposed assignment and quiz schedule is included under Course Information. This schedule is subject to change.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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