Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course establishes a fundamental appreciation of solar and wind energy systems. Given the intermittent nature of solar and wind resources, the technology options for utilisation of solar and wind energy face similar technical issues and, hence, can be treated in a similar manner. Topics covered in the course include solar and wind resource characterisation, solar PV, solar thermal, wind power and an introduction to energy storage options.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically assess the strengths and limitations of various renewable energy technologies

2. Develop strategies to address power intermittency

3. Understand and quantify the physical limits of energy conversion

4. Design holistic solutions to realistic energy demand scenarios

5. Independently identify and critically review research literature to extend their knowledge in the relevant field


  • Solar and Wind Resources
  • Solar Energy
  • Introduction to Energy Storage
  • System¬†Integration
  • Wind Energy


If you have completed MECH3760 or RENE3000 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

First year of engineering calculus, physics and general engineering courses or equivalent. Knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer or equivalent.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Report: PowerPlay Project

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 8

1 x 2 hours of computer lab in week 8.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1

2 x 2 hours of lectorial.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.