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ELEC5509 Grid Integration of Renewable Energy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
The unit will cover the methodology of connecting renewable energy to power grids, where some relevant case studies will be raised and analyzed. 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 modeling of variable energy resources, including system modeling, analysis and control. Students will also learn about reserve determination, frequency response and voltage stability impacts of grid-integrated renewable sources. Another important topic that will be covered in this unit is renewable energy forecasting, including fundamental theories of probabilistic wind and solar power predictions. 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.
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) demonstrate an understanding of renewable energy forecasting technologies and their mathematical fundamentals; (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; (2) assignment; and (3) weekly practice session tasks. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Christopher Townsend
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy or the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3016 Power and Machines
Contact hours
lectures: 24 hours; practical classes: 24 hours; labs: 9 hours
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