SPG8003 : Renewable Energy: Electrical Generation Systems

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of this module are to develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of features of electrical generation technology that impact on plant design and safety when accessing renewable energy resources:
1.       Electrical generators used within renewable energy conversion systems
2.       Photovoltaic (PV) systems both for stand-alone and grid-connected applications
3.       Basic power electronic converters used in renewable energy applications

The module considers aspects of electrical engineering within the renewable energy sector. In particular, the issues of photovoltaic systems and micro-grid systems are addressed along with those of electrical generators and power electronic conversion.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module develops a critical awareness of electromagnetics; transformers; synchronous and induction generators; power electronic devices; power electronic converter circuits; heat sinking and drive circuits for power electronics; stand-alone PV systems including energy storage; grid-connected PV systems; variable-speed generator operation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Post-school assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture73:0021:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading141:0041:00Pre-school study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Guided independent study (pre-school) and the formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of the syllabus topics (knowledge outcomes 1-4, Skills outcomes 1-3). The guided independent study allows students to work through material at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the material.

The post-school assignment allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the topic (knowledge outcomes 2 and 3, skills outcomes 3 and 4) through a design exercise.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M50Post School Assignment (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formal examination gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their systematic knowledge and critical and cognitive skills across the range of the module syllabus under time-limited conditions. Students are assessed for written communication, problem solving and numeracy skills (knowledge outcomes 1-4, skills outcomes 1-3).

The post school assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their critical awareness and understanding of appropriate methodologies in terms of a relevant technical problem, numerical analysis and information literacy skills. The coursework also assesses written communication skills (knowledge outcomes 2&3, skills outcomes 1, 2 and 4).

In order to pass the module, students must attain a minimum of 40 in each component of assessment. Failure to reach 40 in each component will result in a module mark no greater than 49. This rule has been introduced as an accreditation requirement on the Reflex or REEM programmes.

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