This unit of study aims to introduce students to the underlying fundamentals as well application of various renewable and hydrogen-based energy technologies. These will be focused on solar thermal, photovoltaic, wave energy, wind energy and hydrogen production and tech principles; as well as the design of these energy systems. The unit will also equip students with engineering management principle providing the basis for the design of the energy system.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Understand the astrophysical and geophysical factors affecting the calculation of renewable energy resources
  • Calculate the output of renewable energy systems driven by geophysical fluid flows (such as wind and waves)
  • Describe and analyse how solar thermal and photovoltaic electricity systems work including the major costs issues
  • Analyse the thermodynamics of using solar thermal for industrial applications
  • Evaluate hydrogen energy storage and distribution methods and develop a technoeconomic assessment of selected energy storage system
  • Identify energy market, marketing aspects of energy, and generate a business opportunity idea in energy sector
  • Discuss the supply and demand relationship in energy sector
  • Analyse and interpret business performance in energy sector; including apply related optimisation methods

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.50 12 weeks 90


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 10 - 20% 1,2 
Assignment 2Individual 10 - 20% 3,4 
Assignment 3Individual 10 - 20% 6,7,8 
ProjectIndividual/Group 40 - 60% 5,6,8 


  • Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic
  • Wind and Wave Energy
  • Hydrogen Production and Technologies
  • Design of Energy System
  • Engineering Management Principle (economics, business, entrepreneurship) to support Design of Energy System

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.