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Unit Overview


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.

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

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Adi Kurniawan
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
or 71590 Master of Oceanography
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
For Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation): GENG5506 Renewable Energy
Advisable prior study
ENVT3307 Oceanography
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
or ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics or equivalent
Contact hours
lectures: 3 x 45 mins per week
practical classes: 2 x 1 hrs per week
labs: 3 hours every third week
Students enrolled in the Master of Ocean Leadership with a background in hydraulics/fluid mechanics or oceanography may be suitable for this unit. Consult with the Course Coordinator.
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