Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Off grid power systems offer many advantages over traditional electric power systems especially in areas where the cost of transmission is very high. Off grid systems are of particular importance in remote areas of Australia, in mining applications and in areas where electrical power may only be required transiently. Off grid systems whilst attractive in these and other scenarios offer up their own challenges in system stability, reliability and availability of supply. I.e. power quality. This course offers students the requisite knowledge to understand the particular issues associated with the design of off grid power systems and gives them the tools to tackle and solve these issues. Problems associated with long and short term energy storage, the use of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, load scheduling and shedding, etc are typical problems which will be investigated in this course.

Students will become proficient in modelling electrical power systems and their components, solving the steady state power flow problem and investigating transient stability of modern off grid power systems which may or may not utilise traditional generation techniques.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Solve engineering problems associated with off grid power systems.

2. Write technical reports.

3. Perform simulations, collect data using appropriate tools and analyse these data so that reasonable conclusions can be made.

4. Perform as a member of a team whilst performing tasks in a setting which approximates an industrial environment.


Students will be able to:

  1. Model off grid power system components with a level of complexity appropriate to the system in which they are being used;
  2. Learn about international best practice, methodologies & standards;
  3. Integrate these components into a complete system design;
  4. Simulate analyse and modify the design as appropriate to ensure that the system is fit for purpose;
  5. Develop knowledge of current standards and legislative requirements.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of the first two years of the program.

Students are required to have previously completed ENGG2440 Modelling and Control or ELEC4400 Automatic Control. ELEC3251 Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems is also assumed knowledge, however may be taken concurrently.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Project: Project 1

Formal Examination: School Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

The course will be delivered to online students via Blackboard.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.