Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course enables students to gain a fundamental understanding of a range of renewable technology options in which water is used as a medium for transport or storage of energy and ultimately electric power generation. Hybridised versions of these technology options with other energy systems are also discussed. Topics covered include geothermal heat and power generation, hydroelectric power generation, tidal and wave energy, ocean thermal energy conversion as well as hybrid systems such as geothermal assisted power generation and geo-solar power generation.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss the principles of geothermal, hydro, ocean and hybrid renewable energy systems in relation to their use in electric power generation.

2. Apply knowledge gained in geothermal, hydro, ocean and hybrid renewable energy systems to solve renewable energy engineering problems.

3. Work with a team to apply solar and wind knowledge to develop and conduct a project.


  • Geothermal Energy
  • Hydropower
  • Ocean Waves, Tide and Thermal Energy Conversion
  • Hybrid Energy systems

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

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Project: Mini Project (GeoHydro)

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

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.