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MECH5275: Renewable Energy

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit aims to develop understanding of the engineering design and analysis of different devices and technologies for generating power from renewable sources including: solar, wind, wave, tidal, ocean thermal, geothermal, hydro-electric, and biofuels; to understand the environmental, operational and economic issues associated with each of these technologies. At the end of this unit students will be able to perform in depth technical analysis of different types of renewable energy generation devices using the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Students will be able to describe the environmental, economic and operational issues associated with these devices.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MECH5275
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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(MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR (AERO3260 AND AERO3261) OR (MECH9260 AND MECH9261) OR (MECH8260 and MECH8261) OR (AERO9260 AND AERO9261) OR (AERO8260 and AERO8261). Students claiming to have prerequisite knowledge based on study at other institutions must contact the unit of study coordinator before enrolling in this unit and may be required to sit a pre-exam to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake this advanced level unit.
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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The student will need a sound background in advanced level fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. In particular, students should be able to analyse fluid flow in turbomachinery; perform first and second law thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion systems, including chemically reacting systems; and perform advanced level calculations of conductive and convective and radiative heat transfer, including radiative spectral analysis.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Michael Kirkpatrick, michael.kirkpatrick@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Major Project
Design project including 2 milestones, 2 presentations and 2 reports.
55% Multiple weeks 13 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Heat Transfer Assignment
Technical assignment
10% Week 03
Due date: 27 Aug 2021 at 23:59
~ 3 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Fluid Mechanics Assignment
Technical assignment
10% Week 06
Due date: 17 Sep 2021 at 23:59
~ 3 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Thermodynamics Assignment
Technical assignment
10% Week 09
Due date: 15 Oct 2021 at 23:59
~ 3 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Tutorial quiz Course Quiz
Paper quiz on all material covered in the course.
15% Week 12
Due date: 02 Nov 2021 at 11:00
~ 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Heat Transfer Assignment: Heat transfer in renewable energy applications – analysis of a solar thermal power plant. 
  • Fluid Mechanics Assignment: Fluid mechanics in renewable energy applications – analysis of a wind farm.
  • Thermodynamics Assignment: Thermodynamics in renewable energy applications – analysis of a fuel cell for a hydrogen fuel cell car.
  • Major Project: The course will involve a major group project that will be undertaken over the course of the semester. The class will be divided into self-managed project teams. The project assessment will involve submitting two milestone reports to get feedback, two reports and giving two group presentations.
  • Course Quiz: The course quiz will involve short answer questions and calculations based on everything covered in the course.

Students who are granted special consideration for the quiz will be permitted to sit a replacement quiz.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Written assignments submitted late without permission (see Special Considerations: http://sydney.edu.au/students/special-consideration-and-arrangements.html) will incur a late penalty equal to 5% of the maximum awardable mark per day. These deductions will continue for 10 calendar days. At that point the mark awarded will be zero.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Ongoing Study pre-recorded lecture material and reference material cited in lectures each week in preparation for classes. ~2 hours per week. Independent study (24 hr) LO1 LO2
Complete 3 technical assignments. Each takes ~8 hours Independent study (24 hr) LO1
Work with group on major project. ~3 hours per week. Independent study (40 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 01 1. Introduction; 2. Heat transfer; 3. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 1. Solar energy; 2. Heat transfer; 3. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 1. Solar energy; 2. Heat transfer; 3. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 1. Wind energy; 2. Fluid mechanics; 3. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 1. Energy storage; 2. Fluid mechanics; 3. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 1. Biomass energy; 2. Fluid mechanics; 2. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 1. Geothermal energy; 2. Thermodynamics Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Major Project - Tech Review Presentations Presentation (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 08 1. Thermodynamics; 2. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 1. Hydroelectric energy; 2. Thermodynamics; 3. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 10 1 Ocean energy; 2 Nuclear fusion; 3. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 11 1. Guest lecture - Grid integration and storage; 2. Major project Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 12 Major project - Finalising design and modelling Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 13 Major project - Design & Modelling Presentations Presentation (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Classes have a hybrid format involving pre-recorded lectures / tutorials / major project workshop. This year these will all be done online using Zoom. There will be two sets of presentations for the major project. One in week 7 and one in week 13. The quiz scheduled for week 12 will also run during normal class time. Students should aim to attend all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

  • Aldo V. Da Rosa – Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes. Elsevier, 2012
  • B. K. Hodge – Alternative Energy Systems and Applications
  • Myer Kutz – Environmentally Conscious Alternative Energy Production. Wiley, 2007
  • Bergman, Lavine, Incropera, De Witt, – Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer. Wiley, 6th edition or later
  • Cengel and Boles – Thermodynamics – An Engineering Approach. McGraw-Hill, 5th edition or later

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. perform technical analysis of different types of renewable energy generation devices using the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • LO2. present balanced and logical arguments with regard to the environmental, economic and operational issues associated with the generation of power using renewable energy devices
  • LO3. in collaboration with a small team of peers, design a grid-integrated renewable energy solution using multiple renewable energy sources and storage to supply power to the whole of one of Australia's states.
  • LO4. in collaboration with a small group of peers, develop a computational model of a grid-integrated renewable energy solution involving multiple geographically distributed power stations, using real weather and power demand data as inputs

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

More realistic modelling in technical assignments.

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