Advanced Energy Systems


Aims to provide students with an overview of energy sources (both renewable and non-renewable), fuel properties, combustion, thermodynamics and energy efficiency analysis, power cycles, energy conversion systems, and environmental implications of energy systems. The course will establish an appreciation of topics such as power generation from fossil fuels, clean coal technologies, biomass energy, solar thermal power, wind power, geothermal power, and nuclear power.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To provide an introduction to chemistry, thermodynamics, and heat transfer fundamentals of energy systems.

2. To develop an understanding of physical processes associated with energy conversion systems.

3. To establish, at an introductory level, an appreciation of fuel technology, power generation, combustion and environmental implications of energy systems.


  1. Energy sources
  • Fossil fuels
  • Renewable energy sources
  1. Characteristics of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels
  2. Combustion technology
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Combustion chemistry
  • Flames
  • Power generation systems such as, gas-fired furnaces, premixed-charged engines, oil-fired furnaces, gas-turbines, direct injection engines, fixed-bed combustors, pulverised fuel combustors, and fluidised bed combustors
  1. Thermodynamics and energy efficiency analysis
  2. Power cycles
  3. Conventional coal technologies
  4. Clean coal technologies
  5. Biomass energy
  6. Solar thermal power
  7. Wind power
  8. Geothermal power
  9. Nuclear power
  10. Energy and environment

Assumed Knowledge

Chemistry, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and mathematics at BEng (Chemical) level

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Tutorial / Assignment

Project: Mini Project

Formal Examination: Final examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Engineering Science and Master of Engineering Science will undertake this as a short course of 6 hours of lectures and tutorials per day for 5 days.