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Renewable Energy Systems Engineering (ENG442)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit covers the design, commissioning and testing of standalone and grid-connected renewable energy systems. Topics include: simulation and system design, component sizing, housings and layout, cabling, earthing, commissioning, testing, monitoring, safety and standards; specification, design, impact, cost and performance of systems; relevant power system issues; power conditioning for grid applications. The unit will develop a thorough understanding of entire integrated systems and provide practical experience with working physical systems.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Apply design processes and understand installation requirements and standards of photovoltaic systems and their components;
2. Analyse technological, regulatory and economic aspects of wind energy conversion systems integration into existing power systems;
3. Contribute to a design project and communicate effectively as part of an engineering team.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 hour per week; laboratories: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit relies heavily on students preparing for and engaging in a variety of learning activities associated with laboratories, workshops and a major group project. Every week, a lecture introduces theoretical aspects which are applied and investigated further in a workshop, laboratory and also group activities. The unit requires groups of students outside formal class times to research, design, report and present on a renewable energy system design task. Pre-reading and preparation is critical for the effective participation during workshop and laboratory sessions and group activities. Students should spend at least 4 hours outside the formal class times per week performing the required reading, preparing and revisiting workshop problems and laboratory exercises, and performing group work. Students are also expected to attend and engage in discussions during Guest lectures on specialised engineering topics.
Assessment Workshop and laboratory sessions, where students are engaged in problem solving and practical exercises provide valuable learning experiences. Close interaction with tutors allows for immediate feedback during these sessions. Participation, completion and reporting on laboratory exercises is assessed. A major group project is concerned with a renewable energy system design. The group project stretches over the whole semester and students are asked to research, design, report and present as a group on their design task. Various assessment components provide students with feedback on their design, their group work, and their oral and written presentation skills. Furthermore, understanding and application of theoretical concepts is assessed through the final examination.
Prerequisites ENG337 Applied Photovoltaics, ENG338 Energy Supply and Management, ENG339 Wind and Hydro Power Systems.
Notes Students who complete this unit are eligible for provisional accreditation by the Clean Energy Council for the design of grid connect PV systems.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Renewable Energy Engineering
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Martina Calais
Senior Lecturer Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7628
e: M.Calais@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004H - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Martina Calais
Senior Lecturer Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7628
e: M.Calais@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004H - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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