Faculty of Engineering

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr Harun Ismail; Dr Varghese Swamy



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit is designed to provide students with a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment covering numerous aspects of current and future sustainable energy technologies.

The unit is intended to introduce and investigate present and emerging trends in the sustainable technologies, including clean fuels, renewable energy systems and hybrid energy systems. Case studies and discussions with leading energy researchers within the University and elsewhere with emphasis on system approach will be undertaken.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Identify, interpret and critically evaluate the various technologies that have the potential to provide a sustainable energy supply system.
  2. Evaluate technical and non-technical challenges associated with the sustainable energy resources.
  3. Discuss and assess suitable sustainable energy sources/systems under different situations.
  4. Implement underlying engineering principles to evaluate and improve sustainable energy technologies and systems.
  5. Develop and implement creative approaches to solve various energy related problems using suitable sustainable energy sources/systems under different circumstances.


Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours of tutorials/discussions and 7 hours of private study per week.

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