The programme is made up of the following papers:
RET114 Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies (Level 4) 8 credits
This foundation paper is a general introduction to renewable energy technologies, with an emphasis on commercially available technology and small-scale applications. It provides:
- Preliminary technical knowledge of currently available renewable energy technologies
- Knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of each renewable energy technology, including its environmental impacts
- Knowledge of the current global outlook for each renewable energy technology
- An introduction to renewable energy micro generation in New Zealand
RET143 Sustainability (Level 3) 6 credits
This paper presents an initial overview of sustainability concepts, which forms a general framework for the study of later papers. It provides:
- An understanding of the need for sustainable development in terms of the degradation of the ecosystems on which all life depends
- A purposeful understanding of the nature of sustainability
- Knowledge of the changes needed to achieve sustainability, particularly in relation to energy issues
RET116 Energy auditing (Level 5) 8 credits
This foundation paper provides an introduction to the physical concepts of energy and power, leading to the knowledge and skills required to conduct a household energy audit as an essential first step when considering installing any small scale renewable energy technology.
It also provides a technical introduction to the solar energy resource for application in later papers.
RET125 Solar Water Heating Systems (Level 4) 6 credits
This paper provides knowledge of the operation and design of an appropriate solar water heating system for a given application.
RET122 Photovoltaic Power Systems (Level 4) 8 credits
This paper provides knowledge of the operation and design of photovoltaic cells and power systems. It also includes an introduction to electricity and electrical systems.
RET126 Energy Efficient Building Design (Level 4) 6 credits
This paper provides an understanding of the principles used to design energy efficient buildings. It covers the theory and application of design variables including insulation, ventilation, thermal mass, window positioning and shading. These are explored in the context of thermal comfort, climate type and site considerations.
RET127 Wind Energy Conversion Systems 1 (Level 4) 6 credits
This paper provides knowledge of the operation and design of wind energy conversion systems (WECS), their siting, and the nature of New Zealand’s wind energy resource.
RET129 Micro-hydro Systems (Level 4) 6 credits
This paper provides knowledge of the operation and design of micro hydro energy systems (MHS), and their practical application in a case study which includes an economic analysis of a completed project.
RET119 Stand-alone Renewable Power System (Level 4) 6 credits
This paper provides knowledge of the function, operation, specification and design of stand-alone power systems (SPS) and their component parts, including battery storage of electrical energy.