The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides 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.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE6008. Students who have successfully completed CHEE6008 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE6100.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the chemistry, thermodynamics, and heat transfer fundamentals of energy systems.

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

3. Appreciate fuel technology, power generation, combustion and the environmental implications of energy systems.


1. Energy sources

  • Fossil fuels
  • Renewable energy sources

2. Characteristics of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels

3. 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

4. Thermodynamics and energy efficiency analysis

5. Power cycles

6. Conventional coal technologies

7. Clean coal technologies

8. Biomass energy

9. Solar thermal power

10. Wind power

11. Geothermal power

12. Nuclear power

13. 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