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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5564M Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources

15 creditsClass Size: 140

Module manager: Dr. Salma Alarefi

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of online sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the electrical principles of power generation technologies from renewable sources, particularly wind and solar power.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Discuss the application of renewable energy sources and how they are integrated into electricity systems, including photovoltaics and wind-turbine generation.
2. Use mathematical and computational methods to analyse PV arrays, energy conversion and storage systems.
3. Use mathematical and computational methods to analyse the efficiency and characteristics of wind-turbines, and induction and synchronous generators.
4. Apply strategic planning, systems implementation and operating methods to sustainable power generation systems.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Photovoltaic materials including mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline and amorphous silicon
Physical and electrical output properties of the solar photovoltaic cell
Equivalent circuit for PV arrays and computer model
Control and management of PV power generation systems comprising power converters and energy storage components
Batteries for energy storage, lead-acid battery principles, charging and discharging behaviours, equivalent circuit model
Extractable power from the wind: cube law, power coefficient
Characteristics of horizontal-axis wind-turbine, analysis of forces on a turbine blade, axial thrust and tip-speed ratio
Shaft torque and power
Efficiency of wind powered generators
Electrical generators including synchronous and induction generators
Induction generator static and dynamic model
Generator-converter configurations for constant speed constant frequency (CSCF) and variable speed constant frequency (VSCF) systems
Analysis of doubly-fed induction generator for wind power conversion
Control of wind power generation systems including: Optimal turbine speed control
Maximum power point tracking and supervisory control from start to shut down

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning42.008.00
On-line Learning181.0018.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours94.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssignment 130.00
AssignmentAssignment 230.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session. .

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/07/2021 10:20:09


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