SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHJ920505
Module Leader Chengke Zhou
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Energy resources, generation and utilisation. Plant and electrical 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, MPP tracking On- and off-shore wind systems - system design, operation and interfacing, (direct-connection, DFIG and direct drive systems) Tidal and wave converters - system types, conversion processes, linear and rotary electrical generators 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 power electronics, drives, generators, control systems and network interfacing 2. Assess generation of electrical energy using renewable energy 3. Have a good grasp of the electrical engineering aspects of renewable generation of electricity including system control and interfacing 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.5. Assess the economics of distributed generation and the assessment of distributed generation schemes6. Provide detailed analysis and design of the reliability, fault and protection studies of distributed generation schemes

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will consist of lectures and tutorials, demonstrations, practical laboratory exercises, and case study. The lectures will cover the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus, with the aid of tutorial questions and solutions, while the practicals will be mainly computer based simulations and case studies with design of renewable energy systems and energy conversion systems.

Indicative Reading

Recommended: Electrical Power Distribution Engineering(Tyran, Gonen), third edition,, CPC Press, 2014 Electric Safety practice and standards(Mohamed El-Sharkawi), CPC Press, 2014 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. IET: Embedded Generation, 2013 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

Transferrable Skills

Understanding of renewable energy resources and grasp of current technologies for power conversion. Use of specialist software for analysis of integration of renewable power to electrical power systems. Skills of developing and analysing power systems with distributed renewable generations. Use of simulations to model the process of using power electronics in energy conversion. Skills of carrying out economic analysis of introducing renewable energies with consideration of impact on societies.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Final Exam
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 n/a Continuos Assessment
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 n/a Continuos Assessment