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. (Washington Accord 1, 3, 6, 7, 12), (UC GA, EIE, BCC)

 Describe and discuss selected solar, wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal conversion
technologies. (Washington Accord 1, 4, 6, 7), (GA, EIE)

 Analyse and quantify solar, biomass, wind, hydro and geothermal resources for a
given site, and carry out preliminary sizing calculations. (Washington Accord 1, 3, 6), (UC GA, EIE)

 Describe and discuss sustainable heat (including industrial applications and demandside
management), clean fuels, and sustainable transportation; and carry out
preliminary sizing calculations. (Washington Accord 1, 4, 6, 7), (UC GA, EIE)

 Model a simple renewable energy system with energy storage. (Washington Accord 1, 3, 5), (UC EIE)

 Critically analyse and contribute to current energy debates and energy transitions (ENCN 627)  (Washington Accord 1, 4, 6, 7), (UC GA, EIE)



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
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jannik Haas


Rebecca Peer


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
exam 50% Learning Objective, 1, 4, 5
Take home test 50% Learning objectives: 1, 2, 3)

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.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

In the case of an emergency that affects the whole course, the nature, weighting and timing of assessments may be subject to change. Under unavoidable circumstances, modified assessments may be due outside the prescribed course dates.

You may apply formally for special consideration if you have been impaired by significant exceptional and/or unforeseeable circumstances that have prevented the completion of or significantly impaired your performance (i.e., such that your results are not representative of your level of understanding) for any major assessment items in the course. The applicability and
remedy are listed below for each assessment. You can refer to the University ‘Special Consideration Regulations’ and ‘Special Consideration Policies and Procedures’ documents for more information on the acceptable grounds for special consideration and the application process; note that personal circumstances due to a wider emergency event may also qualify.

Midterm test -  Serious/severe impact   You will be offered an equivalent alternative test that will replace your original test grade. This test will be held for an equivalent time during the semester, to be scheduled with the course coordinator.

Moderate impact - A derived mark, based on your performance relative to the class on all assessment, will be

Final exam - Serious/severe impact  You will be offered an equivalent alternative exam that will replace your original exam
grade. This exam will be held in the week immediately following the University exam period.

Moderate impact - A derived mark, based on your performance relative to the class on all assessment, will be applied.

Note: all communication about the arrangement of alternative tests/exams will be done via your UC email. If consideration for a serious/severe impact is approved, you will receive an email with proposed times and dates for the alternative assessment with a deadline to respond to the offer and accept one of the listed dates and times. If you decline the offer, your original assessment grade will be used. Failure to respond within the specified time frame will be considered as a refusal.

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