ENEL667-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Renewable Electricity System Design

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course is aimed at applying system theory to the practical design of renewable electricity systems. It is primarily focused on technical design. Topics can include (but are not limited to) the design of renewable electricity systems and/or their components: generation, inverters, electricity storage devices, component or system protection and control, integrated off-grid and grid tied systems.

The course will be taught over 24 lecture hours (one two-hour session per week). Material will be delivered in lecture form, which includes the following topics:

• Energy, electricity, emissions, environment and the thrust for renewable energy
• Power electronic tools for the grid integration of renewable energy sources
• Wind power, solar power, geothermal power, biomass and waste power
• Energy storage and distributed generation
• Relationships with Iwi, the role of our indigenous population on renewable energy projects

In addition, time is allocated for group discussion of the lectured material and for working on the project.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • LO1: Derive design requirements for renewable energy systems (WA1, WA2, WA3)

  • LO2: Obtain and critically evaluate literature and data relating to the design of renewable energy systems (WA2, WA3, WA4, WA12)

  • LO3: Apply Systems Engineering principles and data to design and predict the performance of renewable energy systems (WA1, WA2, WA3, WA4, WA5)

  • LO4: Analyse and evaluate the social and environmental outcomes associated with renewable energy systems (WA6, WA7, WA8)

  • LO5: Effectively collaborate and communicate with peers and subject experts (WA9, WA10, WA11)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Course Coordinator

Andrew Lapthorn


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Specification Report 5%
Term Test 1 30%
Term Test 2 30%
Final Report 35%

Additional Course Outline Information

Mahi ā-Ākonga | Workload (expected distribution of student hours, note 15 points = 150 hours):

Contact Hours

Lectures: 24
Tutorials: 0
Workshops: 0
Laboratories: 0

Independent study

Review of lectures: 48
Test and exam preparation: 38
Assignments: 40
Tutorial preparation: 0
Laboratory calculations: 0

Total 150

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,164.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering .

All ENEL667 Occurrences

  • ENEL667-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023