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Unit Overview


This unit explores the current global energy position, inclusive of economic and regulatory driving forces toward transition and future energy production systems, with a focus on an understanding of how the combination of production economics and energy density has dictated system design to date. We discuss how future energy will incorporate distributed storage and generation, the challenges to current transition and renewable energy technologies, and the use and development of transition fuels over the coming 3-5 decades. Finally, the unit explores WA's position in the global energy economy as a provider of LNG-based transition fuel, and as a technology leader in the renewables space.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically appraise the current energy market and driving forces for change; (2) assess energy density amongst current and future sources; (3) evaluate centralised and distributed generation and distribution systems for regional applicability; and (4) analyse the environmental, societal and engineering constraints on the distributed energy landscape.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) presentation; and (3) 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 (ID 1454)
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (ID 356) (Chemical Engineering specialisation and Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience (ID 1409) )
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
96 points
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.