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Renewable Energy Systems Design (PEN623)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit focuses on the design of renewable energy systems and in particular, on estimating the performance and economics of such systems. It will focus heavily on the use of computer-based design and simulation programs to estimate these parameters. The input data requirements, method of operation, and strengths and weaknesses of these computer-based tools will be presented. Students will use many of these computer-based tools to solve component sizing and design problems.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of this unit students should be able to:
1. Describe a framework for undertaking renewable energy projects.
2. Use the RETScreen program to perform a pre-feasibility study of several Renewable Energy systems.
3. State the advantages and disadvantages of using simulation programs for the design of renewable energy systems.
4. Operate, and interpret the results from, the HOMER simulation program and the System Advisor Model program.
5. State the required inputs to, and interpret the calculated outputs from, a range of other computer based design programs.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshop sessions:1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is principally based on providing the background to, and then demonstrating to students the operation of, different design and analysis (in structured timetabled learning sessions) and then relying on the students to use the programs to get hands-on experience of working with such programs (in the week following the lecture). Tutorials are then used to follow up on any issues that arise in this process. Some supporting information is provided to assist in the understanding of what the different programs are doing in order to obtain their results. External students have access to recorded lectures and tutorials with screen capture to enable them to participate in this process.
Assessment The assessment is based on the student being able to demonstrate proficiency with the programs being considered in the unit. Two major assignments (15% + 21% = 36%) allow the student to demonstrate their ability to use some of these programs to solve design and sizing problems; six quizzes (24%) test the students understanding of different sections of the unit and the examination (40%) allows the students to demonstrate that they are familiar with the operation and purpose of the design approaches covered in the unit. Passing the exam is required to pass the unit. In assessing the assignment work, the objective is to provide timely feedback to the students to assist the learning process.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy or Master of Renewable Energy.
PEC590/PEN590 Energy Systems.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC623 or ENG351 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: PEC623
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Appears in these Minors Renewable Energy Technologies
Renewable Energy Technologies
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 Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Elaine Walker
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2866
e: E.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.004I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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