Course Title: Renewable Energy Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Renewable Energy Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MIET2032

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010

MIET2032

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

MIET2032

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

MIET2062

City Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010

MIET2062

City Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

MIET2082

Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh2 14

MIET2359

Stansfield College

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 4 09,
Offsh 1 10

Course Coordinator: Dr Stefania Castelletto

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4466

Course Coordinator Email: stefania.castelletto@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT Bundoora East Campus, Building 251, Level 3, Room 41A


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The following two courses or their equivalents are required as prior study:
MIET2421 –Applied Thermodynamics, and
MIET2422 – Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems 


Course Description

The use of renewable energy for power generation and heating is growing rapidly, the main drivers being fear of depletion of present world energy resources, security of energy supplies, reduction of pollution of conventional power plants and the need to supply electricity in remote areas. Additionally, alternative energy systems based on emerging technologies are relevant within the future energy targets of many OECD countries with impact on their economy and industrial production.
In this course, you will learn about the operation and performance of three renewable energy technologies: grid-connected wind turbines; photovoltaic systems; and solar hot water systems. The emphasis will be on the sizing, selection and evaluation of renewable energy equipment for given applications.       


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:
• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
• Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
• Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
• Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
• Professional use and management of information.
 


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Identify issues facing the renewable energy industry
2. Describe factors to consider when selecting sites for wind power generation
3. Analyse wind speed data and wind turbine performance in a given wind regime
4. Identify the various components of a wind turbine and their functions and types
5. Identify planning and environmental issues related to wind power systems
6. Determine sun position and angles, and identify shading caused by obstacles
7. Describe main features and operation of solar hot water systems
8. Describe main features of and analyse simple photovoltaic systems
9. Evaluate the financial costs and benefits of a renewable energy project


Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures, workshops, weekly tutorials and online components. Via the various assignments provided during the course, you will learn how to approach an engineering project in terms of evaluation of its benefits, based on technical knowledge and social impact. You will improve your written communication skills by analysing a specific system and contextualise it within the current geopolitical and economic impact. This will be achieved by writing a short review building on a critical analysis of chosen literature. You will improve specifically your skills in applying theoretical concepts to data analysis and data mining via assignments. You will learn in practise how solar systems can be used and are sized for off-grid applications.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to online books available via RMIT library. Specific journal papers will be suggested and available via RMIT library to enter in depth of a specific subject/topic.  Lectures notes will be available via Blackboard, as well as lectures powerpoint presentations. In addition worked examples, templates and marking guides will be provided via Blackboard. Online tests will be available via Blackboard for weekly assessment and for practice.


Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 

 

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks are in one of two schedules: A or B. You will be advised at the start of the teaching period which of the two schedules apply for any given teaching period and location.

 

Schedule A

Early Assessment Task:  Wind data analysis
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 2:  Review paper
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 & 9

Assessment Task 3: Solar activity laboratory reports
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO 6,8

Assessment Task 4: Online weekly test
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLO 4,5,6

Assessment Task 5:  Mid semester test
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,4,5,6

Assessment Task 6:  Final exam
Weighting 50% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9

 

 

Schedule B

Assessment Task 1:  Review paper
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 & 9

Assessment Task 2:  Wind data analysis
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Quizzes
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9

Assessment Task 4: Final exam
Weighting 50% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9