OCEN4007 Renewable Ocean Energy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit will consider the scientific and technical challenges associated with renewable energy generation from wind, waves, tides and hydropower schemes. Fundamental concepts for each of these resources and the general principles for energy generation will be outlined. This will include resource assessment, typical design approaches and operational considerations. Cutting edge developments in fluid mechanics, oceanography, structural engineering and geomechanics will be introduced where relevant. The unit will draw from local practical examples (such as the wind and wave energy developments in Albany) to take students through all steps of a project from site identification, through to design and deployment.
Students are able to (1) explain and calculate the energy inherent in wind, waves, tides and hydropower reservoirs; (2) describe and model typical technologies for energy generation, including an understanding of engineering design and generation efficiency; (3) critically compare ocean renewable energy sources and identify appropriate technologies; and (4) discuss the engineering steps required in developing a renewable energy project, including resource assessment, device selection and construction/deployment/operation..
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)
Professor Christophe Gaudin
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Program Chair and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 x 45 mins per week; practical classes: 2 x 1 hrs per week; labs: 3 hours every third week
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