ELEC ENG 4062 - Distributed Generation Technologies
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 4062 Course Distributed Generation Technologies Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 1009 or ELEC ENG 1010, ELEC ENG 2008 Course Description Introduction to distributed generation; Overview of distributed energy resources, including generator sets, combustion turbines, photovoltaic systems including converters and control (maximum power point tracking), microturbines, fuel cells and energy storage technologies; wind turbines, converter and control aspects; Principles of control of distributed generation systems; Electric power distribution systems, installation, interconnection and integration; Economic and financial aspects of distributed generation, the regulatory environment and standards.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Nesimi ErtugrulCourse Coordinator and Lecturer: Assoc. Prof Nesimi Ertugrul
Phone: 8313 5465Office: IW 3.54
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Photovoltaics. Understand the operating principles including solar resource calculations and basic semiconductor theory and types. Develop electrical equivalent circuit models including effects of irradiance, temperature and shading. Review basic power electronics theory. Investigate alternative power electronic converters to perform maximum powerpoint tracking and to interface to different loads.
2. Wind turbines. Understand the operating principles including wind resource calculations, wind turbine types and wind turbine blade modelling. Review basic electrical machine theory. Examine and analyse alternative electrical generator and power electronic converter configurations for wind turbines. Discuss maximum power point tracking.
3. Distributed thermal generation. Understand the operating principles including fuel sources and thermodynamics. Examine diesel, gas turbines and biogas sources. Discuss applications.
4. Fuel cells and energy storage. Understand the operating principles and types of fuel cells and energy storage methods. Develop electrical equivalent circuit models to predict performance. Examine alternative converter technologies.
5. Distributed electric power systems. Review basic power system theory. Understand the major components and basic operation of electric power systems. Examine the effects of introducing distributed generation on control, protection, standards and economic aspects.
6. Develop a practical understanding of the application of the above theory by performing two laboratory experiments and assignments.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 -5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
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Lecture notes: these will be made available as the course progresses
Tutorial questions: these will be available on the MyUni website in the week leading up to the tutorial.
The course lecture notes should provide sufficient information for most students, however you may find the following reference book useful if you are have difficulty with the material or are interested in learning more about any of the topics in this course.
Copies of the following book is available in the Barr Smith library.
G.M. Masters : “Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems”, Wiley.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
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This material is presented in lectures and supported by problem-solving tutorials.
Tutorial problems should be attempted before the tutorial and this preparation is assessed at the start of each tutorial. The lecturer will also go through selected questions on the board and students will be given opportunities to ask questions.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This is a 3 unit course. The University expects students to spend around 156 hours of work for a 3 unit course. This corresponds to roughly 12 hours per week. The following breakdown is a guide only. Some students will need to spend more time, some less.
Total Hours Lectures 2h/wk 3 (prep & revise) 60 Quizzes 4 5 (prep&revise)* 20 Special (Guest) Lectures 8-10 2 (prep&revise*) 16-20 Tutorials 4 4 (prep&revise*) 16 Practical and Assignments 3 15 (prep & write up time) 36 Total 152
Learning Activities Summary
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Specific Course Requirements
Laboratory clothing restrictions apply to the workshop sessions: closed-toe shoes; covered shoulders; long hair must be tied back. In addition, students must remove all hand and wrist based jewellery (including material bracelets), and must not eat or drink in the laboratories. Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in your removal from the laboratory.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Item Weight Type Learning
Notes Four quizzes
wks 4, 8, 10 & 12
20% each Summative 1-5 About 40 min each, covering the material since the previous quiz, and closed book. 2 Practical assignments/reports 10% each Summative 6
Assessment Related RequirementsNo final examination hurdle in this course.
Assessment DetailSee the notes provided above.
All written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted to designate boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering by 3:00pm on the specified dated and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are available from the School office in Ingkarni Wardli 3.26.
No late submissions will be accepted . All formative and summative assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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