SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H823551
Module Leader Alan Nesbitt
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electrical Power Engineering
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module examines various energy resources ranging from conventional sources, i.e. fossil fuels, to renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, tidal, wave, etc. and their conversion and utilisation. An understanding of different types of energy resources , their use, effectiveness and limitations will be developed. Environmental impacts of energy production and use will be assessed. Techniques will be developed to assess the available resources and optimal solutions through application of knowledge and understanding of fundamental scientific principles.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: Traditional power systems and energy consumption Power generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation, system components, control, protection. Market operation, Industrial consumption, domestic consumption and commercial consumption. Electrical load models. Conventional energy resources and power generation: Conventional energy resources: coal, natural oil/gas, nuclear. Conventional power generation: prime movers, generators, controls, power systems. Renewable energy resources and production,: Sustainability of energy resources, small scale wind power generation, on and off-shore wind farm, Photovoltaic power generation, solar energy extraction and utilisation for space heating and hot water, tidal and wave power generation, hydro, biomass, geo-thermal and tidal energy. Analysis and determination of amount of extractable energy. The UK energy scene (overview): The role of conventional energy generation, conservation and sustainability strategies. The principles of energy audit, the audit process and reporting, energy consumption, prices, costing and tariffs. Energy economics and environmental impacts, accounting and analysis carried out to measure effectiveness of changes. Thermodynamics Basic concepts of thermodynamics, properties of pure substances, reversible ideal processes, steady flow processes, 2 nd law of thermodynamics, introduction to vapour and gas power cycles.

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of this module the student should be able to:-Understand the role of energy as a key resource, in all economic activity and sustainable development and the basic principles of the underlying sciences relating to energy technology: thermodynamics, technologies for energy conversion.Identify different types of energy resources, their uses, effectiveness and limitations and the use of analytical methods for determining their effectiveness and limitations. Identify environmental impacts of energy production and use, and how these can be mitigatedSelect and apply appropriate analysis techniques to a range of technological energy-related problems.Use scientific principles in the modelling and analysis of energy systems and how to develop solutions to problems through a synthesis of ideas from a wide range of sources.Assess innovative developments within the energy industry and through application of knowledge and understanding of fundamental scientific principles produce solutions to real world problems.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will provide a strong foundation of engineering practices by developing application-type problems and exercises that use real world physical solutions to stimulate students' interest in energy engineering. A blended learning approach will be used to engage students in the basic concepts, principles and theory using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Flexible learning materials are available, both on and off campus, such as; textbooks, companion websites, videos and other online resources. This flexible approach allows students to identify specific learning materials that suit personal learning styles. Independent study will be encouraged to satisfy the students' own particular interests. The material covered during lectures will be reinforced and consolidated through tutorials and laboratory work to encourage individual learning, broaden understanding and application of energy resources, generation and utilisation.

Indicative Reading

Energy Resources, Utilization and Technologies, Anjaneyulu Yerramilli and Francis Tuluri, CRC Press. 2012 'Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems', Wildi, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition, 2004. 'Principles of Electrical Machines and Power Electronics', P C Sen, John Wiley, 2002. IEE: Embedded Generation, 2002 Boyle, Renewable Energy, Oxford University Press (2004) J.F Manwell, Jon McGowan, Anthony Rogers, Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application , John Wiley and Sons, 2002 N. Hatziargyriou, M. Donnelly, S. Papathanassiou, J.A. Pecas Lopes, M. Takasaki, H. Chao, J. Usaola, R. Lasseter, A.Efthymiadis, K. Karoui, S. Arabi, Cigre Technical Brochure On Modeling New Forms Of Generation And Storage, TF 38.01.10, November 2000 Tony Burton, David Sharpe, Nick Jenkins, Ervin Bossanyi, Wind Energy Handbook , John Wiley and Sons, 2001 Ned Mohan, William P. Robbins, Tore M. Undeland, Power Electronics: Converters, Applications and Design, Media Enhanced , John Wiley and Sons, 2003 Paul Gipe, Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm and Business, April 2004 Eastop & McConkey, Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists, John Wiley & Sons, Fifth Edition 1993. M. David Burghardt and James A. Harbach, Engineering Thermodynamics, Harper Collins College Publisher, Fourth Edition 1993. Yunus A. Cengel and Michael A. Boles, Thermodynamics An Engineering Approach, The McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Fifth Edition 2006. Michael J. Moran, Howa R. Shapiro, Daisied Boettner and Margaret B. Bailey, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Eight Edition 2015

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application. Critical thinking and problem solving. Critical analysis. Communication skills, written, oral and listening. Numeracy. Effective Information retrieval and research skills. Computer literacy. Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working). Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work).

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 126.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Practicals (PT) 18.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Final Exam4 out of 6 (25 marks) Questions
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Report on the evaluation of a practical renewable energy technology and its impact on the environment