The following resources were identified by engineering academics as providing useful source material for teaching energy efficiency.
Example Australian Government Materials and Resources:
Department of Industry – Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program reports and technical publications – Guidance materials developed by the EEO Program to assist companies to undertake rigorous energy assessments and identify opportunities to improve their energy efficiency. Materials include an Energy Efficiency Assessment Handbook, Energy Savings Measurement Guide and technical guides on how to develop Energy Mass Balances.
CSIRO Energy Transformed – Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: 30 lectures (‘chapters’) on how Australia can achieve at least 60 percent cuts to greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Structured into 3 modules with 10 lectures in each, comprising educational aims, key learning points and overview of the topic.
Whole System Design Textbook – An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering: Funded by the Australian Federal Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) under the Education for Sustainability Grants Program. The WSD text is accompanied by a teaching plan for working through the 10 Whole System Design lectures (available online), sample assessment that uses a problem-based learning approach and worked examples to enable even engineering educators with limited experience in whole system design and energy efficiency to be able to teach a course on the topic.
Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) Tertiary training resources: The materials have been structured to support teachers/lecturers in developing and delivering a complete course and/or incorporating content on energy efficiency and renewable energy into existing courses. Within this document, there are also links to further useful teaching resources from around the world.
Example State Government Materials and Resources:
Sustainability Victoria Green Building case studies: Case studies not specifically focused on energy efficiency, but do provide context and potential framework for energy efficiency, or useful in providing a broader, whole-of-system context to engineering students.
Sustainability Victoria Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guides:
The Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guides have been developed by Sustainability Victoria to lead decision makers and service providers through changes that deliver best practice solutions to business. The guides help businesses determine the limitations of their existing systems and guide them through the process towards finding the best solution in improving their existing system or designing a new system.
Best practice guides have been developed for: Data centre and IT facilities; Industrial refrigeration; Compressed air systems; Lighting; Pumping systems; and Steam, hot water and process heating systems.
Example International Materials and Resources:
US Department of Energy – Energy efficiency technical publications (by energy systems) as well as energy efficiency case studies by industry type can be found on the US Department of Energy’s website. These publications and case studies provide a good overview of the process of identifying energy efficiency opportunities, the drivers for this investigation, EE technologies used by various industries, measures implemented and outcomes. News items on recent technological research and development into energy efficiency can also be found on the website.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – LBNL is supported by the US Department of Energy to conduct research into energy efficiency. Relevant LBNL pages can be found on the EEX related websites page.
Rocky Mountain Institute – background readings and case studies: A range of resources and information related to energy efficiency can be found by searching the Rocky Mountain Institute’s knowledge centre. The Rocky mountain Institiute has also developed its ‘Factor Ten Engineering Design Principles’ which outlines approaches to achieving large energy and resource savings through innovations in design and engineering practice via whole-system thinking and integrative design.
RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software: Developed by Natural Resources Canada, RETScreen is a decision support tool to evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies (RETs). Free-of-charge and can be used worldwide, including product, project, hydrology and climate databases, a detailed user manual, and a case study based college/university-level training course, including an engineering e-textbook. Can be used to investigate the viability of energy efficiency improvements in a wide range of applications, for both new construction and retrofits. Entire facilities can be modelled, or sub-systems and rooms can be studied individually.