Course Title: Renewable Energy Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Renewable Energy Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

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,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

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

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh2 14

MIET2082

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 17

MIET2359

Stansfield College

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 4 09,
Offsh 1 10

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MIET2082

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFMay2020 (VM7)

MIET2082

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSep2020 (VM10),

OFFSep2020 (All)

MIET2082

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSep2021 (All)

MIET2480

Kaplan Singapore

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFMay2019 (All)

MIET2480

Kaplan Singapore

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFMay2021 (KA3)

MIET2480

Kaplan Singapore

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Internet

OFFMay2020 (KA3)

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor 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

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


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 and CO2 emission 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 requiring a high share of renewable energy in the energy mix. 
In this course, you will learn about the operation and performance of three renewable energy technologies: grid-connected wind turbines; photovoltaic systems; and solar thermal systems and energy storage. The emphasis will be on the sizing, design, selection and performance evaluation of renewable energy equipment for given applications.       

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onward. See the WAM information web page for more information. 


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 and data.
 


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Identify different types of renewable energy systems and current deployment and industry impact. 
2. Describe wind resources 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 solar radiation resources and harvesting. 
7. Describe main features and operation of solar thermal systems. 
8. Describe main features of and analyse residential photovoltaic systems. 
9. Evaluate the financial costs and levelized cost of electricity of a renewable energy project. 


Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectorials, and online lecture 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 engineering reports building on a critical analysis of analytical and system design methods as well as data mining. 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 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 Canvas, as well as lectures powerpoint presentations. In addition worked examples, excel spreadsheets and marking guides will be provided via Canvas. Online activities will be available 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

Schedule A

Assessment Task 1 Weighting 30% This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 9   Assessment Task 2 Weighting 30% This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 6, 8, & 9   Assessment Task 3 Weighting 20% This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 9    Assessment Task 4 Weighting 20% This assessment supports CLOs 6, 7, 8, & 9

 

Schedule B (Offshore)

Assessment Task 1:  Wind data analysis and wind turbine performance
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2:  Solar system project design 
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 6, 8, 4 & 9

Assessment Task 3: Quizzes
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Final exam
Weighting 45% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9