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


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Yasuhiro Tachibana

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6127

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Physical chemistry,Chemistry in energy, or Equivalent. 

Course Description

In this course, you will study fundamentals (biochemistry) and technical information on biomass and biofuel technologies including production 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. 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:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge, development and research directions within 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.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Develop innovative energy solutions to produce and use biomass and solar fuels sustainably in 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 and projects relating to biomass and solar fuel-based energy systems
  4. Conduct research studies on biofuel and solar fuels
  5. Comment constructively on designs and/or R&D activities related to biomass and solar fuels

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be studying in internal mode which entails taking part in a series of lectures, seminars, and workshops. The principal learning activities will be:

  • Attending lectures and seminars covering the fundamental (biochemistry and physical chemistry) and practical aspects of biomass and solar fuel technologies
  • Participating in class and/or online discussions
  • Operate, measure the performance, and investigate some biofuel/solar fuel technologies in laboratories
  • Solving problems relating to biomass and solar fuels

Overview of Learning Resources

Guidance on resource material will be available online through the MyRMIT Blackboard. These resources include, prescribed text books, journal papers, and internet resources, as well as lecture notes and other material provided through the MyRMIT Blackboard and mainly available through the RMIT website/library

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 lectures
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,4

Assessment Task 2: Online test
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLO 2,3,5