ENCN423-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Sustainable Energy Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Energy systems analysis, modelling, and design. Solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal resources. Demand management. Low-energy buildings. Global and local perspectives.

This course is about energy systems and sustainability. You will be introduced to renewable technologies, including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal, and energy storage resources. You will also learn about the wider energy system, including low-energy buildings, transportation, demand side management, and energy futures. The course content will cover energy and sustainability from local to global perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe and discuss selected solar, wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal conversion
2. Describe and discuss the current and potential contribution of sustainable energy resources to the global and New Zealand energy scenes and carry out preliminary sizing calculations.

2. Analyse and quantify solar, biomass, wind, hydro and geothermal resources for a given

3. Describe and discuss selected solar, wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal conversion technologies, and carry out preliminary sizing calculations.

4. Model a simple renewable energy system with energy storage.

5. Describe and discuss demand-side management strategies.



Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator

Jannik Haas


Jannik Haas


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Fnal exam 50%
Test 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

MacKay, David J. C; Sustainable energy--without the hot air : ; UIT, 2016.

Tester, Jefferson W.,; Sustainable energy : choosing among options ; 2nd ed; MIT Press, 2012.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,164.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN423 Occurrences

  • ENCN423-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023