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The course aims to educate students on the basic and creative concepts of advanced energy technologies and its systems integration. By covering the different areas of emerging technologies from fossil fuel conversion, ultraclean fuel production and utilisation, solar photovoltaic conversion to hydrogen and energy storage, the course prepares students for these revolutionary technologies. Importantly, rather than focusing solely on ultimately renewable energy solutions, the course incorprates the complementary views of fossil but ultraclean fuel technologies, as well as their importance as intermediate energy solutions.
Processing technologies and systems for production of hydrogen, syngas, liquid fuel as well as heat and power from various energy resources including traditional fossil fuels and renewable resources (such as biomass); energy related environmental issues and analysis; energy system optimisation; energy storage technologies and systems such as mechanical, electrochemical (batteries), and thermal energy storages. Topics include: • Energy storage such as mechanical, electrochemical (batteries), and thermal energy storages (5 L); • Natural gas production and steam methane reforming (5 L);• Liquid fuel production and refining of crude oil (4 L);• CO2 emissions and mitigation (1 L);• Hydrogen, syngas and liquid fuel from biomass and organic solid wastes (8L);• Energy system analysis and optimisation (2 L).
At the end of this course, the students are expected to:Understand issues and potential opportunities in energy sector. Understand the technologies and systems for production of hydrogen, syngas and liquid fuels from biomass and organic solid wastes.Understand the technologies and systems for production of hydrogen, syngas, liquid fuels and energy from natural gas and oil as well as related CO2 emission issue.Understand the technologies and systems of energy storage.
Matt James Watson
COURSE REQUIRMENTS: 30 lectures, 3 assignments and end of semester examination. Assessment completion and special consideration: Students should submit the assignments on required dates and time. Any delays without approval by the lecturer(s) will incur a penalty with exact mark reduction depending on the days of delay. Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.
The materials to be taught will be selected from a number of references including recently published books and journal papers , and these references will be provided at the lectures.
CONCERNSStudents with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 3rd Pro Director of Studies or the Head of DepartmentGENERAL POLICIES OF THE DEPARTMENTStudents may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the aegrotat applications, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.
PREREQUISITES FOR THIS COURSE: ENGR404. This is a required course for energy minor in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. However, if the energy minor certificate is not required, students without taking ENGR404 may also be allowed to take ENCH483 with approval of Director of 3rd Pro Studies. RELATION TO OTHER COURSES: ENCH483 is an optional 3rd Professional course however, it is required for students who want to receive a certificate of energy process minor.
Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course. Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment worth 10% or more is affected by circumstances including illness, bereavement, and some sporting events. Please see http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ for more information or ask the course coordinator. If students are unable to complete assessment items worth less than 10% of the course, or feel that their performance was or could be impaired, they should contact the course coordinator for special consideration. Such requests should be made before the assessment completion date - requests after this time will only be considered under special circumstances. Students prevented by circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
Domestic fee $986.00
International fee $5,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Chemical and Process Engineering