ELEC5206: Sustainable Energy Systems (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5206: Sustainable Energy Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Verbic, Gregor
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The unit builds upon the knowledge of engineering mathematics, electronic devices and circuit theory and simulation techniques. It deals with both technical and business aspects of sustainable electrical energy systems. In technical aspect, it focuses on energy conversion and electrical characteristics of different renewable energy sources and integration of multiple energy sources into power system both at distribution and transmission levels. In business aspect, it focuses on economical, marketing and political aspects of installing and managing sustainable electrical energy systems in present and future society. It lays a solid foundation of practical and managerial skills on electronics and electrical (power) engineering and later studies such as intelligent electricity networks and advanced energy conversion and power systems. The following topics are covered: modern power systems; distributed generation; co-generation; tri-generation; microturbines; fuel cells; renewable energy sources: solar, wind, hydro, biomass, wind turbines; photovoltaic; grid-connected power systems; stand-alone power systems.
Assumed Knowledge: Following concepts are assumed knowledge for this unit of study: familiarity with transformers, ac power, capacitors and inductors, electric circuits such as three-phase circuits and circuits with switches, and basic electronic circuit theory.
Lecturer/s: Dr Verbic, Gregor
Timetable: ELEC5206 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 6
3 Laboratory 2.00 1 6
4 Project Work - own time 2.00 1 4
5 Independent Study 3.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: To work through problems to enhance concepts

Laboratory: To work through problems to enhance concepts

Project Work - own time: Teamwork based term project on solar energy systems

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The students will be encouraged to interpret the data given as well as published data from the literature to solve the problems. An appreciation that sustainable energy systems are based on the principles and knowledge of science and mathematics. An ability to apply sustainable energy systems along with the basics of science and mathematics to engineering problem solving. Design (Level 4)
Gain an understanding of the basic concepts in renewable energy sources and associated power system design. It builds on the previous knowledge gained in circuits, power electronics and electrical energy conversion systems. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Have a broad view of current power system architecture and electrical characteristics of different renewable energy sources. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
An ability to identify, utilize an locate appropriate information resources including literature, and electronic media. An ability to conduct experiments and to analyse and interpret data from those experiments. Information Seeking (Level 2)
The tutorials and design project offered are interactive in nature and will develop good communication skill among the students. Communication (Level 2)
The design project offered is interactive in nature and need leadership and team work in order to complete the project in limited time and resources. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Capacity to solve analysis and design problems in renewable and non-renewable energy sources drawing on technical and non-technical information and applying the emerging concepts.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of working principle, energy conversion efficieny, and maximum power point tracking of each renewable energy source that uses for sustainable energy system design, to the extent of the material and work presented.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
3. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of systems including electromechanical converters (electrical machines), electrochemical converters (batteries, fuel cells) and electronic converters as well as basic circuit elements to the extent of the material presented.
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the properties, applications and limitations of conventional and alternative renewable/non-renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, tidal, geothermal.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
5. Ability to instigate inquiry and knowledge development using electronic media to draw on a vast source of professional documents in various formats, synthesising the information to solve a specific engineering problem.
Communication (Level 2)
6. Ability to present terse information accurately using varied formats and media to a level appropriate to the expected understanding and capabilities of relevant stakeholders.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
7. Ability to work in a team by assuming diverse roles, aiding or initiating the process of team interaction and drawing on and being receptive to others' viewpoints, to try and solve a specific engineering task.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Report Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 6, 7,
2 Assignment No 20.00 Week 7 4, 5, 6,
3 Mid-Sem Exam No 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4,
4 Project Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Lab Report: Laboratory experiments on photovoltaic and wind power systems design

Assignment research paper on current and future sustainable energy systems` issues

Mid-Sem Exam: Mid-semester exam

Project: Design project on renewable energy systems in Homer

Final Exam: Final exam
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Overview of unit: syllabus, assessment, assumed knowledge, learning outcomes, relationship to other units of study. Relevance of text and web pages. Brief history and overview of modern electric power systems. Generation, transmission and distribution.
Week 2 Energy supply, demand and Distribution generation. Power sector in Australia. Review of existing power sources. Thermal power plants. Hydro power plants. Distributed generation.
Week 3 Solar energy and solar resource.
Week 4 Photovoltaic materials and electrical characteristics.
Week 5 Photovoltaic systems’ design. Grid connected and islanded operation. Battery sizing.
Week 6 Wind energy and wind resource. Estimating available power in the wind.
Week 7 Wind turbines.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 8 Distributed generation with fossil fuels. Microturbines. Fuel cells.
Week 9 Other energy resources. Solar thermal. Micro hydro. Wave and tidal power. Biomass.
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 10 Energy storage devices and technologies.
Week 11 Sustainable energy systems design. Economic feasibility assessment.
Week 12 Grid Integration of intermittent generation.
Week 13 Invited Lecture.
Assessment Due: Project
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Computer Engineering 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Graduate Certificate in Engineering 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Network) 2012
Master of Engineering (Wireless) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 20.33%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 17%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 39%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 9%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 9.33%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 5.33%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.