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Module

EEE3021 : Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grids

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Baker
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamentals engineering principles of all major sources of renewable energy, including a detailled understanding of its conversion into electricity and subsequent distribution. Students will gain an overview of the engineering challenges of renewable energy production and a wider understanding of renewable energy in a societal context. The existing and future requirements of the distribution and transmission networks in relation to increased renewable and distributed generation will be covered, including development of the Smart Grid. The leading technologies in the field will be examined in detail, with a focus on electrical machine and power conversion requirements.

Outline Of Syllabus

The outline syllabus for this module is as follows:

• Energy picture: Put energy generation into context - general trend in energy consumption and present production.
• Resource understanding: Relative abundance of resource, national maximum resource of major renewable sources.
• Hydro power: Understanding of engineering behind the resource – large verses low head, run of river – turbine options, resource calculations, environmental constraints.
• Solar thermal and PV: Understanding of engineering behind the resource - understanding of basic physical processes, overview of economic viability.
• Wind engineering: Detailed understanding of engineering behind the resource – basic fluid dynamics – Betz limit. Components of typical state of the art wind turbine. Fixed speed versus variable speed, gearbox versus direct drive.
• Wave and Tidal power: Understanding of engineering behind the resource –challenges and state of the art.
• Social + economic context: Appreciation of importance of environmental legislation and other topics outside of the engineering discipline such as details of planning, consenting and financing.
• Barriers and costs derived from existing electrical infrastructure.
• Future grid development, including the Smart Grid, load manipulation, energy storage.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Prep for oral exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00On-line-non synch, split into 20 min sections
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:3024 hour on line problem solving (at home Examination)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:0010 hours of directed reading. Includes IEEE papers and web references.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:301:30Oral exam (each student gives 10 mins in a 1.5 hour session)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Drop in ZOOM session for discussion of coursework and exam questions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00Personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes.
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and module material provide core material and guidance for further reading. The module material also provides problem solving practice and improves planning skills and on-line and computer competences and gives the students the opportunity to manage their own learning. The hours of directed research is to give students practice assessing specific complex issues which will be discussed in the tutorials. The coursework develops research skills and the ability to utilise relevant information from different sources.

Alternative will be offered to students who are unable to be present in person.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A8024 hour online assessment (written exam) – Solve three problems
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8157Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grids2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M2010 min presentation to Lecturer + one other observer in front of five other students. Maximum of 1000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. The presentation is further assessment of the coursework, but incorporates a student’s ability to orally set out a clear argument, draw conclusions and respond to questions.

Reading Lists

Timetable