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Electrical Integration of Renewables

Semester 2

The integration of generators powered from renewable energy sources is fundamentally similar to that of fossil-fuelled generators and is based on the same principles; but, renewable energy sources are often intermittent and dispersed (large numbers of relatively small generators) and these factors must be considered. This module applies the well-established principles of electrical
engineering to the subject of integrating generators powered from renewable energy sources into electrical power systems, small and large.


1. Stand-alone versus grid connected generation
2. Penetration from renewables
3. Energy efficiency
4. Grid characteristics
5. Power Systems analysis
6. Network Analysis
7. Power System control
8. Power System Operation
9. Power Electronic Interfaces
10. Embedded Generation

  • Coursework: 50 %
    • Laboratory Assignment 30%
    • Term Paper 20%
  • Final Exam: 50 %
    • Three hour final exam
Learning Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the principles of operation of island wide utility grids
2. Compare embedded generation with distributed generation.
3. Describe the benefits and the issues of large-scale embedded generation.
4. Perform power system analysis of utility grids in order to understand the implications of the connection of RE systems.
5. Identify network faults and devise effective means to minimize their occurrence.
6. Differentiate between the various power electronic interface options available.
7. Perform detailed experiments and communicate results concisely.

Course Code: 
3 Credits
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