Course Title: Renewable and Solar Fuels

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Renewable and Solar Fuels

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof. Yasuhiro Tachibana

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6127

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.3.54

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge
To complete this course successfully, students should have a background in university-level theoretical and practical chemistry. A student is required to have successfully completed at least half a year of study in physical chemistry or MIET2371 Sustainable Energy Fundamentals course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

In this course, you will study fundamentals (chemistry and biochemistry) and technical information on solar fuel and biofuel technologies including production, processes and use in mobile and stationary power and thermal systems. You will also study the theory (fundamental physical chemistry) and state-of-the-art technology of directly converting water and/or CO2 to fuels using sunlight and of environmental remediation using sunlight. You will learn to conduct assessments for sustainability of systems employing such technologies, by considering economic, environmental, and social criteria. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
  • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences.

4. Professional Practice

  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience

5. Research

  • Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities 

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Design innovative energy solutions that use biomass and solar fuels for stationary and mobile applications.
  2. Apply the fundamental and technical knowledge obtained in this course in conducting related engineering projects.
  3. Communicate, at an engineering level, your ideas, proposals, and projects relating to biomass and solar fuel-based energy systems.
  4. Conduct research studies on biofuel and solar fuels.
  5. Contextualise solution design in relation to Environment, Social and Governance principles.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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

Assessment Task 1: Assignments relating to the contents in the lectorials and recorded lectures
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 2: Presentation
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, & 5

Assessment Task 3: Project proposal / Report
Weighting 45% 
This assessment supports CLOs 2, 4, & 5