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Unit Overview


The unit will cover the methodology of connecting renewable energy to power grids, where some relevant case studies will be raised and analysed. This unit first covers the power electronic interface between renewable energy technologies and the power system. Then, from a mathematical perspective, this unit explores the modelling of variable energy resources, including system modelling, analysis and control. Students will also learn about reserve determination, frequency response and voltage stability impacts of grid-integrated renewable sources Applications of advanced inverter control and demand response of distributed energy resources will be explored to support the higher penetration of renewable energy in power grids.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate the power electronic circuit topologies, and their associated control, that are commonly used to grid-connect renewable energy sources; (2) evaluate the impacts on the power system of renewable energy integration in terms of frequency regulation and voltage control; (3) apply power electronic control schemes that comply with grid frequency and voltage regulations; (4) apply power electronic theory to grid-connect renewable energy sources within a laboratory environment; (5) perform analysis of power systems with significant levels of renewable energy penetration; and (6) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written and visual means.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class tests and (2) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Christopher Townsend
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and ELEC3016 Power and Machines
Advisable prior study
ELEC3016 Power and Machines
or ENSC3016 Power and Machines
Contact hours
lectures: 24 hours
practical classes: 24 hours
labs: 9 hours
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