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Energy Systems (PEN590)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The focus is on the principal small to medium scale energy systems currently in use as distributed energy resources (DER) in stand-alone power systems operating independently of the electricity grid. Topics include engine-based systems, hybrid systems using battery storage, photovoltaic systems, and wind power systems. Solar thermal systems, co-generation systems and micro hydro systems are also considered. The energy-water nexus is briefly addressed in sizing and designing energy supply systems for water pumping.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of this unit, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the operation of the main energy systems covered in the unit by: drawing a block diagram showing the layout of the components in the system, indicating on such diagrams the power flows that occur within such systems and describing the role of the various components in these systems.
2. describe the approaches used in designing and sizing these systems.
3. undertake simple design and sizing tasks for a number of the systems covered.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is mainly based on structured timetables learning (lectures and tutorials). For internal students, an attempt is made in the tutorial time to involve students in discussion with fellow students and the tutor. Recorded lectures and tutorials are made available to the students who cannot attend the lectures themselves and for external students. A timetable, based on the pace of the material covered with internal students, is provided to guide external students through the various topics of the unit. A Forum is provided to enable students to interact with each other concerning issues that arise or problems that they cannot resolve themselves.
The whole unit is designed to support students acquire knowledge in operation and its design, independent learning skills and creative problem solving skills. Online discussion board is available and this is primarily for student use and for discussion among students and they can post any queries to the unit-coordinator.
Other Learning Experiences For internal students a site visit to the Renewable Outdoor Test Area (ROTA) at Murdoch allows the students to view, up close, the renewable energy systems that are discussed in the lectures.
Assessment Assessment seeks to allow the students to demonstrate that they have understood the principles behind the various energy systems discussed in the unit. This is achieved through the use of six quizzes (24%) and two assignments (36%) which allow the student to demonstrate an ability to handle the concepts involved in the unit materials, and a final examination (40%) that allows the students to demonstrate that they are familiar with the operation and design approaches associated with the energy systems included in the unit.
Immediate feedback is given to the students for the quizzes, while timely feedback is provided on the other assessment items.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Energy Studies, Graduate Certificate in Energy and Carbon Studies, Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies, Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies, Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment, Master of Renewable Energy or Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy and Master of Engineering.
Exclusions Students who have previously completed PEC590 Energy Studies or OEENV590 Energy Studies may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Students who complete this unit are eligible for provisional accreditation by the Clean Energy Council for the design of stand-alone power systems.
Previously 2014: PEC590
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradCertEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradDipEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Manickam Minakshi Sundaram
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2017
e: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Manickam Minakshi Sundaram
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2017
e: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004F - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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