Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Renewable Energy)

About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Renewable Energy) at UNSW

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Renewable Energy) at UNSW is a four-year, full-time undergraduate degree in one of the fastest-growing areas of engineering. This field of engineering involves a range of renewable energy technologies and their use. This degree explores the best ways to leverage renewable energy technologies, including solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind and biomass. You’ll develop a strong knowledge of Photovoltaics & Solar Energy, as well as a wider range of energy technologies and their uses. 

Renewable energy is surging in its uses across the globe. Renewable energy is any system that generates clean energy from natural sources that replenish themselves. Unlike traditional energy forms, it does not involve the burning of fossil fuels or create greenhouse gases. This benefits the environment as it reduces thermal pollution, waste and water consumption; all factors in climate change. It’s also a more reliable way of producing energy due to the sources being safe, easy to harness and naturally replenishing.  

To harness the benefits of working with renewable energy you’ll study a range of subjects through the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. You’ll cover Thermodynamics, Applied Photovoltaics, Advanced Thermofluids, Solar Thermal Energy Design, Low Energy Buildings and Photovoltaics and Energy Efficiency, to name a few. 

In this degree you’ll learn about heat and electricity generation from solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind turbines and biomass. Our leading academics will deliver a solid education in the important areas of solar architecture and the design of energy-efficient buildings and appliances. To prepare for work in the renewable energy sector, you'll apply your skills through 60-days of approved industry training. 

Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Renewable Energy) at UNSW 

If you’re passionate about leading change in the way we produce energy, UNSW is a great place to learn about renewable Energy engineering. The School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) is a leading provider of world class education and research, specialising in education for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  

We offer innovative teaching techniques to enhance your learning including the 'Virtual Production Line' and 'Virtual World Solar Car Challenge'. Our school is well equipped for world-leading research with the Tyree Energy Technology Building and the Solar Industrial Research Facility. 

The laboratories at the Tyree Energy Technology Building (TETB) are equipped with deposition, etching, structuring, simulation, and metrology tools which allows for a wide range of photovoltaic and renewable energy research. 

Benefits of studying with us: 

  • We place strong importance on the translation of research into practice 
  • We produce internationally acclaimed research, working closely with industry to provide innovative solutions to the sector 
  • Our academics are world experts in their fields and are internationally respected and recognised 
  • Since 1974 UNSW is the world leader in photovoltaic research, holding the world record for the highest efficiency silicon solar cell for more than three decades 
  • We have close industry ties with partners including Suntech, China Sunergy, LG Electronics, Tongwei, Adani, CSR, BlueScope, AECOM and the NSW Government.  

World-Class Solar Research Facilities   

Our Solar Industrial Research Facility (SIRF) is a $16 million, world-class manufacturing facility that takes UNSW’s silicon solar cell technologies straight from the lab and turns them into factory-ready industrial processes. This is the first facility of its kind in Australia and has three laboratories for developing and demonstrating industrial scale advanced technologies. The team based at the centre have achieved the world’s highest efficiency rating, meaning they’re now closer to creating buildings that generate as much power as they consume.  

Take Part in Sunswift Solar Car Challenge 

Sunswift is a Vertically integrated project, pushing the limits of solar technology to inspire sustainable action. They design, build and race solar-electric vehicles in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to demonstrate that solar vehicles are practical alternative to petrol fueled transport. Undergraduate student volunteers make up Sunswift, with students from all areas of engineering come together to build a solar car from start to finish. 

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Use Your Knowledge as a Force for Change 

Renewable energy is already proven to be a more affordable and more sustainable option of fuelling our daily lives. Not only can renewable energy engineers make a positive impact on the environment and climate change, but they can also use this technology to assist vulnerable communities. 

The School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering regularly works on outreach programs to use renewable energy technology in communities that have limited access to infrastructure such as electricity. As a student, you can take part in UNSWERV which provides villages in Vanuatu with basic communications and lighting needs using solar electricity.  

Your Career Opportunities  

Careers in renewable energy engineering are becoming more popular as our global awareness of sustainability grows. As the size of the sector grows so too does the number of jobs for renewable energy engineers. Graduates of this degree can work in a wide range of companies, designing, installing and operating renewable energy generating systems such as wind, solar, biomass or hydro systems. You could also work on designing and constructing energy efficient buildings. 

Our UNSW graduates have gone on to work in roles such as: 

  • Project manager 
  • Renewable energy engineer 
  • Protection engineer 
  • Energy consultant 
  • Solar and battery design engineer