SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH623513
Module Leader Azmy Gowaid
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electrical Power Engineering
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Electrical machines and distribution systems

Summary of Content

The module aims to equip students with knowledge required in harnessing renewable energy and, in particular, with knowledge of integrating renewable power to the main grid. It introduces components used in renewable generation including turbines, generators, control systems and network interface. It provides students with an overview of generation of electrical energy using renewable energy and equip students with a detailed knowledge of the electrical engineering aspects of renewable generation of electricity including evaluation of performances of the power systems with generation from renewable sources.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: System components - renewable generation schemes, control systems and interfacing, PM generators, power electronics and converters Small-scale wind generation - system design, operation and interfacing On- and off-shore wind systems - system design, operation and interfacing, (direct-connection, DFIG and direct drive systems) Photovoltaic operation and MPP tracking, conversion process and topologies, network interfacing Renewable -power system integration including engineering recommendations G59 and G83. Fault and stability studies of distributed generation systems Protection of distributed generators and distribution schemes utilising distributed generation Active network control and power electronics DG scheme economics and security

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Describe in detail components used in renewable generation including turbines, generators, control systems and network interfacing 2. Assess generation of electrical energy using renewable energy 3. examine the electrical engineering aspects of renewable generation of electricity including system control and interfacing, and be able to analyse the power system performances using manual calculations and using specialist software packages 4. Understand the complex role of distributed renewable generation in electrical energy networks and the issues with regard to the integration to the main grid including code of practices and standards 5. Assess the economics of distributed generation and the assessment of distributed generation schemes 6. Provide detailed analysis and design of the reliability, fault and protection studies of distributed generation schemes

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Full time This module will be taught by lectures, laboratory demonstrations/designs and case studies. The laboratory work will cover a professional software packages and the students should be able to correlate the simulation results with the taught material, thus enhancing student appreciation. Appropriate coursework in related areas should develop analytical ability and practical application of engineering tools, thus further consolidate student's understanding on the subject Part time Part time students will attend the full time week and undertake the lectures and practical demonstrations along with the full time students. They will be provided with a study pack which will cover the material. Tutors will be available for consultation via GCULearn, e-mail and telephone.

Indicative Reading

Recommended: Wind power Integration, Brendan fox et al, 2rd edition, The IET, 2014 Distribution System Analysis and automation, Juan M Gers, The IET, 2014. Electrical power distribution engineering, Turan Gonen, 3 rd edition, CRC Press, 2013. 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. Embedded Generation, IEE, 2002 Renewable Energy, Boyle, Oxford University Press (2004) Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, J.F Manwell, Jon McGowan, Anthony Rogers, John Wiley and Sons, 2002 CIGRE TECHNICAL BROCHURE ON MODELING NEW FORMS OF GENERATION AND STORAGE, N. Hatziargyriou, et al, TF 38.01.10, November 2000 Wind Energy Handbook , Tony Burton, David Sharpe, Nick Jenkins, Ervin Bossanyi, John Wiley and Sons, 2001 Power Electronics: Converters, Applications and Design, Ned Mohan, William P. Robbins, Tore M. Undeland, Media Enhanced , John Wiley and Sons, 2003 Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm and Business, Paul Gipe, April 2004

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. Personal Development Skills Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working). Awareness of strengths and weaknesses. Creativity, innovation & independent thinking. Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work).

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Practicals (PT) 18.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 n/a Coursework 2 (2000 words)
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Exam (Exams Office)Aggregate marks for passing the module is 40%
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 n/a Coursework 1 (2000 words)