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RE1B -Foundations of Renewable Energy

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Bachelor/MSc Bachelor

Module name:

Foundations of Renewable Energy

Scope and form:

Lectures and group work
Load Flow simulations. Group projects, in which students model realistic micro grid.

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

13 weeks (total workload of 180 hours)

Type of assessment:

Written examination, project work.

Qualified Prerequisites:

Basic knowledge within AC-circuits and main AC components, mathematics

General module objectives:

To give basic understanding of current power system practices and issues in future electrical power systems incorporating renewable energy sources. The students achieve knowledge about the power grid and the main components involved under production, transmission and distribution of electrical energy. The main principles and analytical tools for modeling grid systems and of frequently used grid parameters are discussed, giving the students student some experience and confidence in with practical problems arising in grid technology involving renewable energy sources. The module forms the basis for further education within electrical power engineering and dealing with special problems related to renewable energy. The module is however generally useful for all students aiming at some specialization within electrical energy systems.

Topics and short description:

Power grid AC circuits, 3-phase systems, power considerations
Components in the grid like transmission lines, cables, transformers, generators and more
Power flows and tools for simulation
Symmetry faults
Renewable energy basics

The topics from the text book can be supported by related topics like wind turbine technology,
photovoltaics etc..
In the project, a realistic problem has to be solved by means of the numerical simulation program
PowerFactory (load flow) with graphical user interface.

Learning outcomes:




About the essential components power grids and their

Calculate various parameters of
interest in power grids

Construct and apply these
concepts in equivalent circuits
with various electrical

Model the grid with appropriate
equivalent circuits and analyse
the grid performance under
different loads

Use load flow programs like
PowerFactory for grid

Analyse results from laboratory
work and evaluate fault
situations and identify them

Interaction of renewable energy
sources in power grids

Definition, resources and
exploitation, generators and
power conversion, conversion
of wind energy, solar energy
conversion, energy
management in decentralized

The student demonstrates
understanding working
operation of these diverse
systems and learn to implement
new solutions and operate
practical systems

Recommended literature:

  1. J.D. Glover, M.S. Sarma and T.Overbye, "Power System, Analysis and Design", Cengage Learning; 4th edition (May 18, 2007), pp.768; ISBN-10: 0534548849; ISBN-13: 978-0534548841.
  2. H. Saadat, "Power System Analysis", PSA Publishing LLC; 3rd edition (2011), pp.772, ISBN-10:
    0984543864; ISBN-13: 978-0984543861.
  3. G. Boyle, "Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future", Oxford University Press; Third Edition (November 8, 2012), pp.584, ISBN-10: 0199545332, ISBN-13: 978-0199545339.
  4. J. Shere, "Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy", St. Martin's Press; 1St
    Edition edition (November 26, 2013), pp.304, ISBN-10: 0312643756, ISBN-13: 978 0312643751.
  5. Marine Renewable Energy Handbook - Bernard Multon, ISTE Ltd. (2011), ISBN-10: 1848213328.
  6. Power Conversion and Control of Wind Energy Systems, Bin Wu, ISBN: 978-0-470-59365-3, Wiley -IEEE Press (2011)
  7. Electric Power Principles: Sources, Conversion, Distribution and Use by James L. Kirtley, ISBN-13: 978-0470686362, Wiley (2010)

Remarks: As this module involves evolving technologies, module content will be tuned to handle new developments using suitable webpages of developers of new technologies.