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.
Availability2018 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2018
This course replaces the following course(s): ELEC3250. Students who have successfully completed ELEC3250 are not eligible to enrol in ELEC3251.
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.
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.
ELEC3140 (Principles and Design of Off-Grid Power Systems), ELEC4400 (Automatic Control), ELEC3130 (Electric Machines and Power Systems) ¿ can be taken concurrently.
Written Assignment: Assignment 1
Formal Examination: School Exam
Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz
Written Assignment: Assignment 2
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term