ELEC3160

Principles and Design of Off-Grid Power Systems

10 Units

Off grid power systems offer many advantages over traditional electric power systems especially in areas where the cost of transmission is very high. Off grid systems are of particular importance in remote areas of Australia, in mining applications and in areas where electrical power may only be required transiently. Off grid systems whilst attractive in these and other scenarios offer up their own challenges in system stability, reliability and availability of supply. I.e. power quality. This course offers students the requisite knowledge to understand the particular issues associated with the design of off grid power systems and gives them the tools to tackle and solve these issues. Problems associated with long and short term energy storage, the use of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, load scheduling and shedding, etc are typical problems which will be investigated in this course.
Students will become proficient in modelling electrical power systems and their components, solving the steady state power flow problem and investigating transient stability of modern off grid power systems which may or may not utilise traditional generation techniques.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Summer 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Solve engineering problems associated with off grid power systems.
  2. Write technical reports
  3. Perform simulations, collect data using appropriate tools and analyse these data so that reasonable conclusions can be made.
  4. Perform as a member of a team whilst performing tasks in a setting which approximates an industrial environment.
Content

Students will be able to,

  1. Model off grid power system components with a level of complexity appropriate to the system in which they are being used;
  2. Learn about international best practice, methodologies & standards;
  3. Integrate these components into a complete system design;
  4. Simulate analyse and modify the design as appropriate to ensure that the system is fit for purpose;
  5. Develop knowledge of current standards and legislative requirements.
Assumed Knowledge Successful completion the first two years of the program. ELEC3251 (Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems), ELEC4400 (Automatic Control), ELEC3130 (Electric Machines and Power Systems) ¿ can be taken concurrently.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 2
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 3
  • Project: Project 1
  • Formal Examination: School Exam

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Newcastle City Precinct

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1
The course will be delivered to online students via Blackboard.

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for ELEC3160
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