ENGR404-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Emerging Energy Technologies and Management

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course explores various emerging technologies related to the needs for energy, including the supply of renewable energy. This includes topics such as combined heat and power systems, biomass and thermo-chemical processing, wind, geothermal and solar energy processes. This course will also discuss the applications of catalysis in the production of energy carriers, starting at a basic level, and includes sections on adsorption and surface science, catalytic kinetics, evaluation on the modern catalytic processes in oil/gas refinery and studying key characteristics of emerging nanomaterials that enable them to become an effective catalyst in energy applications.

Topics include:
• Overview of world energy outlook, and New Zealand energy demands and renewable energy resources;
• Energy demand and related environmental issues;
• Energy storage;
• Case studies;
• Renewable energy supply and technologies: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Introduction to biomass conversion technologies.
• Applications of exergy analysis for the selection of options;
• Introduction to heterogeneous catalysis;
• Catalysis in the conversion of natural gas.

Learning Outcomes

  • After completing this course, the students will understand the present issues and opportunities in energy and energy related sectors. Students are expected to be able to:
  • Understand the energy demand and composition.
  • Understand the environmental concerns and future energy supply issues due to heavily use of fossil fuels.
  • Understand the renewable energy resources and related technologies and systems.
  • Analyze energy systems using exergy concept.
  • Understand importance and applications of catalysis in energy conversion and development of new technologies.
    Eventually the students can make choices on energy resources and technologies in the future for increasing energy efficiency and promotion of renewable energy use.


ENCH291 or subject to approval of the Director of Studies.


Course Coordinator

Shusheng Pang


Alex Yip


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 67%
Presentation 02 Aug 2021 5%
Group Report 16 Aug 2021 8%
Assignment 1 04 Oct 2021 20%

36 lectures, 2 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.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

David JC MacKay; Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air ; 1st;

Mark E Davis, Robert J Davis; Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering ; 1st (2003);

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.


Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 3rd Pro Director of Studies or the Head of Department

Open to all 2nd and 3rd pro engineering students subject to approval of the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

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.

Indicative Fees

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.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

All ENGR404 Occurrences

  • ENGR404-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021