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Unit Overview


This unit explores the use of both naturally-occurring and synthetic waste energy sources to contribute toward the future energy mix. The unit explores the theory and application of energy generation from biological sources, the utilization of waste to support local energy generation, geothermal energy, and concentrated solar power. Both centralized largescale power generation and small-scale distributed power/heat generation are considered. The course draws on case studies to demonstrate chemical generation for current and future energy needs.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the applicability of chemical energy generation techniques and their application in various geopolitical scenarios; (2) determine maximum energy potential of discussed sources and techniques; (3) describe the impact of biomass source content type on energy generation in the resultant biofuels, with an understanding of this conversion process; (4) describe the thermodynamic process of energy conversion and utilization from biomass feed stock to resultant energy; (5) understanding of the technology deployed and efficiencies involved with concentrated solar power; and (6) demonstrate ability to determine suitability of working fluids for CSP and the resultant storage/use options.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brendan Graham
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (specialisation in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering specialisation)
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies

Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
96 points
Advisable prior study
(ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
or GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics), (ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
or CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics) and (ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer
or CHPR2007 Heat and Mass Transfer)
Contact hours
3 hours per week workshop
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.