CHPR4408 Chemical and Thermal Renewable Energies

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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) use heat transport and thermodynamic property calculations to support the utilisation of geothermal energy; (4) describe the impact of biomass source content type on energy generation in the resultant biofuels, with an understanding of this conversion process; (5) describe the thermodynamic process of energy conversion and utilization from biomass feed stock to resultant energy; (6) understand the requirements for designing fit-for-purpose waste-to-energy reactors; (7) understanding of the technology deployed and efficiencies involved with concentrated solar power; and (8) 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; (2) group project; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brendan Graham
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics, ENSC3006 Chemical Processs Thermodynamics
ENSC3007 Heat and Mass Transfer
Contact hours
Lectures 2 hr per week; seminar/case study 1 hr per week; and workshop 1 hr per week
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