Renewable Energy Conversion
Renewable energy is a rapidly growing high-tech industry that will be essential in the control of climate active emissions and which will steadily gain economic importance. This course addresses the conversion of renewable energy sources into useful electrical energy. The conversion is subject to three major limitations that must be thoroughly understood to unlock the full potential of these technologies.
First, renewable energy sources are mostly intermittent which restricts their usefulness for electrical baseload supply. Lectures combined with online learning modules and the Powerplay simulation will show students the impact on energy generation and train them in developing efficient buffering strategies. Second, with the exception of photovoltaics, renewable energy must be initially converted into mechanical energy. Limitations of this conversion step are investigated focusing on thermal power generation (eg, concentrated solar, biomass combustion, geothermal). Thermodynamic analysis will allow students to calculate maximum efficiencies of power cycles and its components. Third, energy losses occur due to the transformation of mechanical energy to usable electric energy that can be supplied to the electricity grid. Students will obtain an overview of electrical generator, rectifier and inverter technology.
|Faculty||Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment|
|School||School of Engineering|
Semester 1 - 2018
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting week 5
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus
per Week for
starting week 1
|Timetable||2018 Course Timetables for MECH6760|