SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH624492
Module Leader Azmy Gowaid
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electrical Power Engineering
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The module aims to introduce smart grids and renewable energy systems including the analysis, design and interface of constituent components. Students will study generators; power networks and their analysis and design; data acquisition; control; communication and network interface. It equips students with a detailed knowledge and problem solving skills of the engineering aspects of smart grids and the renewable generation of electricity. -3


The taught syllabus covers the following areas: -360b7 Smart Grid - definition, configuration, benefit, quality indices -360b7 SCADA, Energy management system, communication in smart grid, IEC61850, Distribution automation -360b7 System components - power networks, renewable generation schemes, control systems and interfacing, power electronics and converters -360b7 Renewable energy resources evaluation and economics b7 On- and off-shore wind systems - system design, operation and interfacing, (direct-connection, DFIG and direct drive systems) b7 Photovoltaic operation and MPP tracking, conversion process and topologies, network interfacing b7 Energy storage and various schemes of operation, e.g. standalone, grid-connection b7 Renewable -power system integration including engineering recommendations G59 and G83. b7 Protection of distributed generators and distribution schemes utilising distributed generation, fault ride through b7 Active network control and power electronics, var control, system reconfiguration under smart grid b7 DG scheme economics and security

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the students should be able to:1. Describe the definition, configuration, benefits and quality indices of the smart grid2. Design and assess a smart grid, including examining the system configuration, data acquisition, communication and the functionalities of distribution automation.3. Analyse, and model in detail the components used in smart grids and renewable generation These include power electronics, communication, drives, generators, control systems and network interfaces.4. Assess the potential of power generation from renewable energy at a particular site. 5. Apply relevant industrial standards such as G59, G83 and G75 to the electrical engineering design of renewable generation of electricity including system control and interfacing. 6. Assess the economics of distributed generation and design of distributed generation schemes.7. Provide detailed analysis and design of the reliability, fault and protection studies of distributed generation schemes within the smart grid era.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module material will be introduced through lectures, while practical exercises, based on the lecture material, will be given to students for their practical sessions. Tutorials will be used to help explain and elaborate on both the lecture material and the practical exercises and provide opportunities for tutor led formative feedback to students. This is detailed as follows; -360b7 A policy of providing staff access to students; a programme and library induction pack and supporting tour; a module handbook providing detailed information. -360b7 Support of a module leader and programme leader, in addition to student representatives. These representatives reflect students' views and concerns at staff-student liaison committee meetings and programme committee meetings. -360b7 Underpinning support is provided from central university support services including: online study skills facility, student counselling service, access to the Learning Development Centre, IT support using e-mail and/or on-line resources). -360b7 Development of knowledge and skills, and the use of tools, techniques and methods which are immediately useful to employers, both in the UK and overseas. -360b7 Strong emphasis in the module on industrial or research projects including the use of visiting lecturers and industrial visits. b7 The module is designed with a very strong professional emphasis taken from the industrial expertise of staff, the industrial liaison committees and the professional body requirements. This will enhance the career opportunities of the students in industry. b7 The lecture delivery will be enhanced by a variety of genre including, where appropriate, videos, computer based models and other multimedia approaches b7 On line learning materials are available electronically. Discussion boards will be used to encourage teacher and peer-to-peer dialogue on certain topic areas where this form of communication would be regarded as effective. b7 Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate the module on GCU Learn to ensure student support and information sharing. b7 Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action. b7 Student feedback on teaching, learning and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module evaluation questionnaire. -359 Full time -359 This module will be taught in a three-week block. During the first week the lecture material will be accompanied by by industrial case studies. During the two remaining weeks students will undertake tutorials and practical work, and will complete the assessment. The module will be guided by tutors and supported by the managed learning environment. All teaching and learning materials will be available on GCU Learn. Part time -359 Students will attend the first week of the module where materials will be delivered by lectures accompanied by industrial case studies. Students will complete the remaining material off campus, supported by learning materials and course tutors. The module tutors can be contacted via e-mail, telephone and GCU Learn/discussion board. All teaching materials and case studies will be available on GCU Learn. Distance learning A study pack will be provided including: a study guide, lecture notes, tutorial notes, case studies and worked examples. All material will also be available on GCU Learn. Module tutors can be contacted via e-mail, telephone/skype and GCU Learn through discussion board.

Indicative Reading

-359 1. " Renewable Energy: Sources, Processes, and Systems " , David M. Buchla, Thomas E. Kissell, 2014 2. " Distribution System Analysis and Automation ", Juan M Gers, IET, 2015. 3. " Wind Power Integration ", Brendan Fox et al, IET, 2015. 4. "Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems' , Wildi, Prentice Hall, 6 th Edition, 2012. 5. "Principles of Electrical Machines and Power Electronics' , P C Sen, John Wiley, 2012. 6. "Renewable Energy", Boyle, Oxford University Press,2004. 7. " Renewable Energy, Fourth Edition: Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning ", 4 th edition, 2014 . 8. IEC61850, International Electro-technical Commissions , 2013. 9. Embedded Generation Regulations , G59, G75 and G83.

Transferrable Skills

Knowledge and understanding of the subject area. Critical thinking and problem solving. Critical analysis. Modelling analysis using computer software packages Communication skills, written, oral and listening. Effective Information retrieval and research skills. Self - confidence, self - discipline & self - reliance (independent working). Creativity, innovation & independent thinking. Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). Presentation skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 82.00
Tutorials (FDL) 8.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FDL) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 78.00
Tutorials (FT) 8.00
Assessment (FDL) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 16.00
Practicals (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (PT) 8.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 106.00
Assessment (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Writing a report in the form of a conference paper on selected topics*,*** Topics include, but not limited to, power electronics applications for smart grids, sustainable /renewable energy generation.** The paper should demonstrate critical evaluation of the literature and analysis of the topic under investigation; this will also improve their academic writing and presentation skills.
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Case study, computer simulation