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Module

EEE8157 : Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grids

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Baker
  • Lecturer: Dr Neal Wade
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental engineering principles of all major sources of renewable energy, including a detailed 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 SmartGrid. 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 verses variable speed, gearbox v direct drive.
• Wave and Tidal power: Understanding of engineering behind the resource –challenges and state of the art.
• Social, ethical, and 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

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable