The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Description

Power electronic circuits are an essential component of renewable and distributed energy sources including wind turbines, photovoltaic, marine energy systems and energy storage systems. This course covers the design and implementation of power electronic devices for off-grid and grid connected renewable energy systems. Power quality issues in renewable energy systems are investigated and some solutions are presented.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ELEC3250. Students who have successfully completed ELEC3250 are not eligible to enrol in ELEC3251.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the merits of switching electronic circuits over non-switched circuits in renewable energy power applications.

2. Analyse, design and construct switch mode power supply circuits ¿ specifically the buck, boost and buck-boost converters.

3. Discuss the concepts of zero voltage and zero current switching as used in switched mode power supply converters.

4. Appraise the design implications of the relevant semiconductor physics issues that impinge on the practical use of power semiconductor devices.

5. Discuss the main issues associated with the use of feedback control loops for switched mode power supplies.

6. Describe the operational principles of single and three phase PWM inverters.

7. Describe power quality issues in renewable energy systems; discuss the use of power electronic systems to alleviate power quality problems.

8. Discuss the detailed operational characteristics of solar cells that are relevant to the design and control of grid interfacing converters.

9. Understand the use of power converters in wind turbines.

10. Discuss and design grid connected converter systems for renewables.

11. Discuss and design off-grid converter systems for renewables.

12. Discuss techniques for integrating multiple renewable energy sources.

13. Appreciate the national and international safety standards that are relevant to grid connected inverters for renewable applications.


Content

The course content may include the following topics:

1. Fundamentals of switch mode device operation.

2. Switching electronic devices (Types, characteristics, limitations).

3. DC-DC converters – buck, boost, buck-boost.

4. Rectifiers and controlled rectifiers.

5. Introduction to power quality issues in renewable energy systems.

6. Inverters and PWM control.

7. Multilevel converters and applications.

8. Integration of multiple renewable energy sources.


Assumed knowledge

ELEC3251Power Electronics and Renewable Energy SystemsPower electronic circuits are an essential component of renewable and distributed energy sources including wind turbines, photovoltaic, marine energy systems and energy storage systems. This course covers the design and implementation of power electronic devices for off-grid and grid connected renewable energy systems. Power quality issues in renewable energy systems are investigated and some solutions are presented.FENBEFaculty of Engineering and Built Environment513School of Electrical Engineering and Computing1030005980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019ELEC3140 (Principles and Design of Off-Grid Power Systems),

ELEC4400 (Automatic Control),

ELEC3130 (Electric Machines and Power Systems) ¿ can be taken concurrently.The course content may include the following topics:1. Fundamentals of switch mode device operation.2. Switching electronic devices (Types, characteristics, limitations).3. DC-DC converters – buck, boost, buck-boost.4. Rectifiers and controlled rectifiers.5. Introduction to power quality issues in renewable energy systems.6. Inverters and PWM control.7. Multilevel converters and applications.8. Integration of multiple renewable energy sources. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Explain the merits of switching electronic circuits over non-switched circuits in renewable energy power applications.2Analyse, design and construct switch mode power supply circuits ¿ specifically the buck, boost and buck-boost converters.3Discuss the concepts of zero voltage and zero current switching as used in switched mode power supply converters.4Appraise the design implications of the relevant semiconductor physics issues that impinge on the practical use of power semiconductor devices.5Discuss the main issues associated with the use of feedback control loops for switched mode power supplies.6Describe the operational principles of single and three phase PWM inverters.7Describe power quality issues in renewable energy systems; discuss the use of power electronic systems to alleviate power quality problems.8Discuss the detailed operational characteristics of solar cells that are relevant to the design and control of grid interfacing converters.9Understand the use of power converters in wind turbines.10Discuss and design grid connected converter systems for renewables.11Discuss and design off-grid converter systems for renewables.12Discuss techniques for integrating multiple renewable energy sources.13Appreciate the national and international safety standards that are relevant to grid connected inverters for renewable applications.This course replaces the following course(s): ELEC3250. Students who have successfully completed ELEC3250 are not eligible to enrol in ELEC3251. Written Assignment: Assignment 1Formal Examination: School ExamQuiz: Mid Semester QuizWritten Assignment: Assignment 2 CallaghanLectureFace to Face On Campus4hour(s)per Week for0Full Term1TutorialFace to Face On Campus1hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Formal Examination: School Exam

Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz

Written Assignment: Assignment 2


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term