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ELEC5206: Sustainable Energy Systems

Many sustainable energy technologies including hybrid cars, photovoltaic energy systems, efficient power supplies, and energy-conserving control systems have at their heart intelligent, high-power electronics. This unit examines this technology and uses sustainable-tech examples to teach the engineering principles of modeling, optimization, analysis, simulation, and design. Topics include power converter topologies, periodic steady-state analysis, control, motors and drives, photovoltaic systems, and design of magnetic components. The unit involves a hands-on laboratory and a substantial final project.

Code ELEC5206
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
A background in power electronics converters and control theory such as that covered in ELEC3204/9204 and ELEC3304/9304 is assumed.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. instigate inquiry and knowledge development using electronic media to draw on a vast source of professional documents in various formats, synthesising the information to solve a specific engineering problem
  • LO2. present terse information accurately using varied formats and media to a level appropriate to the expected understanding and capabilities of relevant stakeholders
  • LO3. work in a team by assuming diverse roles, aiding or initiating the process of team interaction and drawing on and being receptive to others' viewpoints, to try and solve a specific engineering task
  • LO4. solve analysis and design problems in renewable and non-renewable energy sources drawing on technical and non-technical information and applying the emerging concepts
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of working principle, energy conversion efficiency, and maximum power point tracking of each renewable energy source that uses for sustainable energy system design, to the extent of the material and work presented
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of systems including electromechanical converters (electrical machines), and electronic converters, as well as basic circuit and control elements to the extent of the material, presented
  • LO7. demonstrate an understanding of the properties, applications, and limitations of various switch-mode power supplies, including non-isolated and isolated converters, hard-switching and soft-switching based converters

Unit outlines

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