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Sunshine, wind and waves are just some of the energy sources waiting to be tamed and engineers are the people who make it happen. Photovoltaics is the almost magical way of turning sunshine directly into electricity by using solar cells. With no moving parts, solar cells convert the energy freely available in sunshine into electrical power. Renewable energy involves a broad range of energy sources: bio-energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, solar energy & wind energy.
When you choose to do Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW, you are equipping yourself to gain the skills and creative thinking needed to help solve the world’s shifting and dynamic energy needs in a sustainable manner. The exciting possibilities of a photovoltaic or renewable energy engineering degree make it an excellent choice for smart, creative thinkers looking to work with the technologies that are changing the world.
You’ll be learning from some of the best in the world, including world-class researchers and lecturers while being surrounded by other students who share your passion and enthusiasm.
Photovoltaic Engineering is all about turning sunlight directly into electricity by using solar cells. From analysing how solar cells behave at the atomic level, to constructing utility scale power generation facilities.
Renewable Energy Engineering encompasses all renewable energy technologies currently being developed, from micro-hydro systems to mega-scale wind energy and solar thermal projects.
Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy engineering students at UNSW have many chances to participate in challenging and fun projects from a variety of institutes and research centres across the university.