Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
10 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
6 x 2-hour practicals per semester
Prerequisites
1 1 of ENGR2731, ENGR8771
2 Admission into MEEE-Master of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)
2a Admission into MEMC-Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
2b Admission into MESC-Master of Engineering Science
Must Satisfy: ((1) or ((2 or 2a or 2b)))
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR4762 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
General knowledge of physics such as obtained in year 12 Physics
Topic description
Introduction to renewable energy sources: hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic and biomass. Systems for energy conversion and storage, eg microturbines, induction generators, fuel cells, batteries. Integration of alternative energy sources, interconnection of alternative energy sources with the grid, distributed generation. Social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of renewable energy systems.
Educational aims
The educational aims of the topic are:

  1. To develop an understanding of the physical principles of operation of renewable energy systems
  2. To study systems and equipment used in renewable energy systems
  3. To study issues regarding distributed power generation and interconnection
  4. To investigate the social, economic, cultural and environmental impact of renewable energy systems
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the physical principles of operation of renewable energy systems
  2. Analyse, specify and design common systems and components of renewable energy systems
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the issues related to distributed power generation and interconnection
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of renewable energy systems