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Semester 1

Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids 4 (ELEE10030)


Electronics and Electronic Engineering





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Understanding of power engineering fundamentals

Course Summary

This course introduces existing and emerging power engineering technologies in the areas of distributed energy resources (DERs) and the smart grid, from concept and basic theory to real-world applications. It covers distributed renewable generation including wind, solar and hydro plants, various energy storage technologies as well as the impact of modern loads such as electric vehicles, heat pumps and LED lighting on the power system. It introduces the concepts of load management, demand response and active network management. The basic principles and roles of power electronics in distribution and transmission networks are explained. Finally, it gives a holistic overview of the constituent technologies of the smart grid, including power network components, control, information and communications technologies and smart metering.

Course Description

Indicative list of topics covered: Distributed generation: basic concepts and challenges Renewable energy sources Power electronics in distribution and transmission networks Modern load characteristics, modelling and behaviour Demand-side management and response Modern power network components and topologies for control Active network management and intelligent control of power systems Power, information management and telecommunications aspects of smart grids Microgrids Smart metering Energy Storage

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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