Module 5: GREORE805 - Other Renewable Energy Technologies

Nominal duration: 3 weeks (approx.36 hours total time commitment)


This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers other sources of energy such as geothermal power, biomass, wave and tide power, biofuel, hydrogen, osmotic power and hybrid wind-diesel systems.


The purpose of the module is to explore different non-mainstream sources of energy and how to use them.




Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

  • Module 1: GREFGD801 - Fundamentals and General Distribution/Interconnection Components

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

  • N/A




Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.


Assessors must:

  • hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments may be open book assessment and may be completed off campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.


On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Explain the fuel cells systems.
  2. Analyse biomass and biofuel technologies for power generation.
  3. Identify and explain geothermal technology for power generation.
  4. Describe and compare wave power and tidal power systems.
  5. Identify and explain other (non-mainstream) technologies used for power generation.


Delivery mode

Online and/or face-to-face.




Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning. Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.




Explain the fuel cells systems.


Identify the basics of fuel cells systems.


Explain the principles of electrochemical energy conversion.


Compare different fuel cell types.

1.4 Explain fuel cells problems.
2 Analyse biomass and biofuel technologies for power generation. 2.1 Describe biomass basic principles.
2.2 Compare biomass conversion technologies.
2.3 Explain biofuel basic principles.
2.4 Compare biofuels different generations.
3 Identify and explain geothermal technology for power generation. 3.1 Explain the basics of geothermal technology.
3.2 Assess and evaluate different geothermal plants.
4 Describe and compare wave power and tidal power systems. 4.1 Explain the basics of wave energy.
4.2 Evaluate practical systems that use wave power to generate energy.
4.3 Describe tidal generation methods.
4.4 Compare different tidal turbines.
5 Identify and explain the attributes of solar thermal systems 5.1 Identify the various technologies used for power generation

Compare and evaluate the following technologies:

  1. Osmotic power
  2. Wind-diesel systems
  3. e-Diesel
  4. Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR)

Software/Hardware Used


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