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Wind Energy and Hydroelectricity (PEN639)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The first part of the unit consists of 8 lectures on different aspects of wind technology, backed by laboratory/field work involving the use of state-of-the-art industry programs for assessing the wind resource, designing turbines and planning wind installations. The second part of the unit consists of 4 lectures and associated laboratories on the planning, design and integration of hydro power systems.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit student should be able to:
1. Conduct a wind resource feasibility study using methods based on measured data as well as using industry-standard software
2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge of the aerodynamic and dynamic loads on wind turbines and use these technical skills to evaluate the design and manufacture of wind turbines
3. Investigate and analyse different power configurations of wind turbines as well as different methods to control wind turbine operation
4. Communicate and evaluate professional practice in planning, designing, installing and operating wind farms
5. Conduct a resource assessment for a potential hydropower installation
6. Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to size a micro hydro system for a particular resource and load and give recommendations for the type of system required
7. Communicate the issues involved with integration of hydro systems on an electricity grid.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/discussions: 1 x 3 hours per week; Laboratories: 1 x 3 hours for 3 weeks
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to use research-enhanced teaching by familiarising students with research equipment used to measure the performance of wind and hydro power systems. The laboratory sessions will provide the opportunity to learn about the measurement of the wind and hydro resources and the analysis of the data obtained by conducting experimental work in groups and then critically analysing the results. Online storybook laboratories are used to convey the information to the external students. Industry- standard software is used to conduct technical design assessments as well as techno-economic analysis. External students are able to access the software through remote login. Screen Capture is used with the audio recordings of lectures to ensure that the slides and the corresponding audio are matched. Students should spend approximately 10 hours per week on this unit. An online discussion board is available through the Learning Management System (LMS). This board is primarily for student discussions and they can post any
queries to the unit-coordinator.
Assessment This unit will be assessed by assignments, laboratory reports and a final examination with the following weights:
Assignments 30%, Laboratory reports 10%, Quizzes 10% and Final Examination 50%.
Collectively the assessment tasks deepen the knowledge of renewable energy technology gained from other units in the MRenSusEn Program.
Prerequisites Completion of 24 points in Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy including PEN590 Energy Systems; OR Enrolment in the Master of Engineering
Exclusions ENG339 Wind and Hydro Power Systems
Notes (Online storybooks and remote login access to software are provided for external students).
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.


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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