SPG8004 : Renewable Energy: Grid Systems

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of the module is to provide students with an advanced and systematic understanding of the impact of grid system requirements on the design, security and safety of developments in the renewable energy sector.
This course is designed to be of value to engineers whose task is the planning and operation of renewable energy generation connected to the electricity distribution system. Starting with the fundamental principles of a three-phase electric power system, the course develops students' knowledge and understanding of power and reactive power flows, load flow calculations, fault level calculations and the impact of embedded generation on the local distribution network. Network harmonics, protection and the development of the smart grid are introduced, along with an overview of the connection process involved for renewable energy.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides systematic and comprehensive knowledge and qualitative understanding of three-phase electric power systems, transmission lines and cables, power and reactive power flows, relationship between line network voltages and reactive power flows, the per unit system of calculation, fault level calculations, load flow calculations , system steady-state stability, transient stability. Further, a quantitative understanding of control of system frequency and voltage, supply harmonics, protection, impact of distributed generation and the process of grid connection for renewable is given.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Pre-school assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Lab session
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading135:0035:00Pre-school study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding of existing grid systems and issues associated with grid systems for renewable energy will be taught via formal lectures and self guided study material. It will be supported by practical demonstration sessions and case study seminars during the intensive school. These particularly develop critical awareness and evaluative skills.
Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be developed during the formal lectures, seminars and self guided material. Time management and IT skills will largely be developed during the self guided material (including assignments).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201M67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M33Pre-School Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The pre school assignment will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the key aspects of grid systems both existing and those to be utilised with renewable energy. This knowledge and understanding will also be assessed via the unseen written examination.

Subject specific, critical, evaluative and communication skills will also be assessed through both the written examination and assignment. The other key skills will not be assessed but students will need to utilise these skills in order to access the self guided material and prepare the assignment.

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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