RESE412 (2023) - Advanced Development of RE Systems


This course presents techniques used to design advanced, integrated renewable energy solutions for given situations. The hardware and control enabling renewable energy systems to interact with a wider grid are presented along with topologies such as nano- and micro-grids. To supplement the technical content, this course presents the concepts of systems engineering, which introduces systems thinking principles.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course will be able to:

  1. Design advanced, integrated renewable energy solutions for given problems.
  2. Critically analyse renewable energy solutions and specific improvement opportunities.
  3. Build renewable energy systems.
  4. Justify solutions to different stakeholders through effective written and oral communication.

Course content

While this course is designed for in-person study, and students are strongly recommended to attend lectures, tutorials and labs on campus, online options are available for students not currently in the Wellington region.
Queries about any such exceptions can be sent to

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Daniel Burmester (Coordinator)

Prof Alan Brent

Dr Jim Hinkley

Teaching Format

This course will be offered in-person and online.  For students in Wellington, there will be a combination of in-person components and web/internet based resources. It will also be possible to take the course entirely online for those who cannot attend on campus, with all the components provided in-person also made available online.
The first half of the course will consist of weekly in-person lectures and lab sessions, which will also be recorded and available online. In the second half of the course, the emphasis will shift to practical work, during which time lectures will be replaced with additional in-person lab time and in-person tutorials.

Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 27 February 2023 - 02 June 2023
  • Break: 10 April 2023 - 23 April 2023
  • Study period: 05 June 2023 - 08 June 2023
  • Exam period: 09 June 2023 - 24 June 2023

Class Times and Room Numbers

27 February 2023 - 02 April 2023

  • Friday 14:10 - 15:00 – 407, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn
27 February 2023 - 09 April 2023

  • Wednesday 14:10 - 15:00 – 407, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn
24 April 2023 - 04 June 2023

  • Wednesday 14:10 - 15:00 – 407, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn
  • Friday 14:10 - 15:00 – 407, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn


There are no required texts for this offering.

Mandatory Course Requirements

There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
Background to AC systems17/3CLO: 1,2,310%
Design of an inverter system12/5 (part 1) 23/6 (part 2)CLO: 1,2,3,440%
Nanogrid/Microgrid analysis26/5CLO: 1,2,430%
Test19/5CLO: 1,220%


Work submitted after the due date will incur a penalty of 10% of the full mark per working day. Late work will not be marked after the model solutions have been made available or if more than one week late.


Individual extensions will only be granted in exceptional personal circumstances, and should be discussed with the course coordinator before the deadline whenever possible. Documentation (e.g., medical certificate) may be requested.

Submission & Return

Assignments should be submitted via canvas, accessible through the course web pages.


RESE412 is a 15pt course and therefore has a nominal workload of 150 hours. An average week may take the following format:

  • Lectures: 2 hours
  • Reading and preparation: 1 hour
  • Laboratory work: 3 hours
  • Project work and assignments: 4 hours

Teaching Plan

Communication of Additional Information

All online material for this course can be accessed at

Offering CRN: 31165

Points: 15
Prerequisites: EEEN 315 (or ECEN 315);
Duration: 27 February 2023 - 25 June 2023
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn