2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
ELEC5564M Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources
15 creditsClass Size: 140
Module manager: Dr. Li Zhang
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesTo provide students with knowledge of sustainable electrical power generation using renewable energy harvesting technologies, with particular emphasis on electrical solar and wind power generation.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Discuss the role of renewable energy technologies in achieving sustainable electrical engineering development.
2. Explain the principles of using renewable energy conversion technologies (solar photovoltaics and wind-turbine generator) to generate electrical power and their integration into electricity systems.
3. Use mathematical and computational methods to model and analyse the electrical characteristics of solar PV arrays under different operational conditions.
4. Use mathematical and computational methods to analyse and control the operation of a solar PV power system under different operational conditions.
5. Explain the working principles of wind power generators and discuss control mechanism for wind power systems
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Overview of Sustainable Electrical Engineering development.
• Properties of solar radiations, principles of direct conversion of sunlight into electricity though photovoltaic (PV) effect
• Physics of solar PV cell, Photovoltaic materials, and physical structure of a solar PV module
• Overview of third generation solar PV) technologies including multi junction solar PV cells
• Electrical characteristics and equivalent electrical circuit of solar PV modules
• Control and management of PV power generation systems through power conditioning units (DC-DC converters, DC-AC inverters)
• 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
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Private studyStudents 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 FeedbackStudents 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.
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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. .
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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.
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