Renewable Energy Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425200
93
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Jack Blackwell

Being President of the Renewable Energy Society (RESOC) has been great fun and very fulfilling. It is fantastic to have something in which to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom.

Jack Blackwell

What's it all about?

■  This degree explores the best ways to make use of renewable energy technologies, including solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind and biomass. It borrows much of its structure from other areas of engineering, drawing resources from all around UNSW into a coherent degree supporting learning for this growing industry.

What does it include?

■  About half of what you study in this degree is common with Photovoltaics & Solar Energy, but it looks beyond the sun as a source of energy, encompassing a wider range of technologies and their uses. It also addresses the important areas of solar architecture and the design of energy efficient buildings and appliances. To get you work ready, you'll apply your skills through 60-days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  This career is becoming increasingly popular as our global awareness of sustainability improves. You could work in a wide range of companies, designing, installing and operating renewable energy generating systems such as wind, solar, biomass or hydro systems. You could also work on designing and constructing energy efficient buildings.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Sample Program Outlines*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATH1131 Mathematics 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more First Year Elective
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
PHYS1221 Physics 1B This is the second physics course. You need to have scored a mark of at least 65 to do the higher course PHYS1231.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices A course which teaches you the electrical engineering perspective on different electronic devices and their importance and uses.
SOLA2540 Applied PV In this course you learn about photovaoltaic panels and system deisgn for solar systems.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats Offered all year round. Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112.
SOLA2051 Project in PV and SE 1 The first half of the year long group project gives PV students their first hands on experience with characterisation and module fabrication of solar cells.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG2500 Fluid Mechanics
SOLA2052 Project in PV and SE 2 The second half of the project involves design and construction of power electronics required to make the best use of solar energy.
SOLA5051 Life Cycle Assessment Here you learn to assess a product's environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. You learn techniques of comparison of different product alternatives.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MMAN2700 Thermodynamics
SOLA5050 Renewable Energy Policy and International Programs You will learn about current policies to do with renewable energy.
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters A course about wind turbine technology and large scale wind energy plant design. It involves a large group project.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids This is another mechanical engineering course which teaches you about heat flow mechanisms and relates to MMAN2700, MMAN2600 and MECH9720.
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design A course about solar thermal energy conversion in hot water systems in electricity generation.
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV A course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency You will learn about energy inefficiencies around us and methods of improvement.
SOLA4951 Research Thesis (1/3) Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective
SOLA4012 Grid Connect PV Systems Teaches students the fundamentals and technical details of grid- connected PV system design and installation.
SOLA4952 Research Thesis (2/3) Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective
SOLA5052 Biomass A course about energy conversions from biomass (plant matter, organic waste, agricultural residue etc).
SOLA4953 Research Thesis (3/3) Research Thesis (3/3)

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.