OCEN4007 Renewable Ocean Energy

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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 or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation). 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 or equivalent.
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
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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