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ELEC8015 - RE in Power Systems

Title:RE in Power Systems
Long Title:Renewable Energy in Power Systems
Module Code:ELEC8015
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Electrical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARTIN HILL
Module Author: KEVIN DAVIS
Module Description: This module provides the student with an understanding of the principles of operation of a large centrally generated electrical power system. The impact of distributed (embedded) generation from renewable energy technologies is then analysed.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Appraise the architecture of a national electricity gid system
LO2 Contrast the potential benefits and difficulties regarding the integration of generators, using renewable energy sources,into a power system
LO3 Categorise the economic structures of electricity girds.
LO4 Distinguish between the operating charactoristics of various types of generators
LO5 Identify the role of the transformer in an integrated power system
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Electrical Power Systems
Conventional and renewable generation systems. Advantages and disadvantages of centralised generation.Operation charactoristics of various generating stations (hydropower, thermal, nuclear). Transmission and distribution of electrical energy (types of power lines, substations, protection equipment)
Generators and Transformers
Ideal and Practical transformer operation. Factors impacting transformer temperature rise.Special transformers. Synchronous and Asynchronous generator charactorisation and operation. Synchronising to the grid.
Power Balance and Frequency Control
Demand Side Management, methods of controlling the output power from generators, Dynamic frequency control.
The economics of the electricity market
Total generation costs,Electricity trading, Tariffs, Economic optimization in Power Systems, Support mechanisms for renewable energy.
Power System Analysis
Single phase representation, Voltage control, apparent, active and reactive power flow,estimation of faults levels and ratings of protection equipment required. The need for grid reinforcement with embedded generation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions In class exam 1,2,5 30.0 Week 7
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4,5 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory of operation 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Théodore Wildi 2006, Electrical machines, drives, and power systems, Pearson Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, New Jersey [ISBN: 0-13-196918-8]
  • Leon Freris, David Infield 2008, Renewable energy in power systems, John Wiley & Sons Chichester, England [ISBN: 978-0-470-01749-4]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 7 Mandatory

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