ENCN423-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Sustainable Energy Technologies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Introduction into energy technologies, resources and design. Solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal resources. Demand-side management and storage. 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:

 Describe and discuss the current and potential contribution of sustainable energy
resources to the global and New Zealand energy scenes, including energy access and
security aspects.
 Describe and discuss selected solar, wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal conversion
 Analyse and quantify solar, biomass, wind, hydro and geothermal resources for a
given site, and carry out preliminary sizing calculations.
 Describe and discuss sustainable heat (including industrial applications and demandside
management), clean fuels, and sustainable transportation; and carry out
preliminary sizing calculations.
 Model a simple renewable energy system with energy storage.



Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Jannik Haas


Jannik Haas and Jannik Haas


The test for this course will be a take-home assessment. While you will have access to resources,
you are expected to do the assessment individually and adhere to the University assessment
policy. The test will be released at the beginning of week 6 and submission, via Learn, will be
open until Friday at 17:00. You are expected to follow the University and Department student
code of conduct and submit your own work.

The final exam will be 2 hours, held during the final exam period

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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

Sterner, Michael. , Stadler, Ingo; Handbook of energy storage : demand, technologies, integration ; Springer, 2019.

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

International fee $6,000.00

* 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

  • ENCN423-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024