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GENG5506 Renewable Energy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
The topics covered in this unit include (1) power system fundamentals—power and power factor, power quality and three-phase systems; (2) solar power systems—basics of solar spectrum, panel placement and irradiance variation, semiconductor materials, photovoltaic cells, current-voltage (I–V) characteristics, effect of temperature, irradiance, shading on I–V curves, crystalline and thin-film technologies, grid-connected and stand-alone systems, capacity factors and economics; and (3) wind power systems—wind power and energy, wind turbine aerodynamics, wind turbine generators, speed control, performance calculations and economics. The practical implementation involves commercial energy market context in Western Australia, including load balancing support requirements, the role of storage, transmission constraints and smart network infrastructure development. The academic objectives of the unit are to understand the basics of electrical power systems, power industry, energy economics, the working of wind power systems and the working of solar photovoltaic systems.
Students are able to (1) understand power system fundamentals (circuit laws, power system components, power triangle, three-phase systems, power quality; (2) analyse the performance of different renewable energy sources; (3) analyse the energy conversion processes utilised in renewable energy technologies; (4) evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts of renewable energy systems; (5) understand the role of energy storage systems in supporting the integration of renewables into power systems; and (6) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written and visual means.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class tests; (2) assignment; and (3) weekly quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chris Townsend
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation, or Mining Engineering specialisation). This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Advisable prior study:
ENSC2002 Energy or (ENSC2003 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
CHPR4403 Future Energy
Contact hours
lectures and practical classes
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.