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Postgraduate Course: Energy Systems (IDCORE) (PGEE11189)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will have three parts:
A Electrical Power Networks
B. Power Electronics
C. Energy Systems

A. Description of Electrical Power Networks
This part of the course aims to give students an excellent working knowledge and understanding of the theory, technology and practice of modern electrical power networks, including offshore renewable energy systems. Students will analyse operation of electrical power networks with increasing shares of renewable energy resources, using iterative methods for solving network power flow equations and for implementing optimal power flow analysis.

B. Description of Power Electronics:
This part of the course should build an appreciation of the following key areas:
1. The fundamentals of operation of power electronics
2. The role of power electronics for the interface of offshore renewable energy devices.
3. The need for HVDC transmission for offshore connections.
4. The technical challenges for offshore HVDC connections.

C. Description of Energy Systems:
This part of the course will provide a larger scale overview of how offshore renewable energy relate to the operation of the Great Britain electricity and wider energy systems. The principles developed in the Economics course are built upon to examine how the GB electricity market relate to the operation of the GB transmission system and how this is changing as renewable penetrations grow. This will introduce concepts of flexibility, with emphasis on the role of responsive generation, demand side management, interconnection and storage. In addition, the integration of different energy vectors, e.g. heat and transport, will be considered in terms of their value to offshore renewables.
The course will deliver material through the lectures,a hands-on power system modelling and simulation exercise, laboratories and Cultivate Innovation's Energy System Game. These will require synthesis of the taught material, where a PowerWorld simulation exercise will allow the students to explore the network impact of connecting a renewable generation plant (a wave farm) and propose means of improving its integration within the local electricity network. In the laboratory part, the students will work with a networked group of electrical machines, acting as a power station, which has to be synchronised and controlled to supply connected variable load. Cultivate Innovation's Energy System Game, will be used to organise a whole-day Workshop, aimed at providing a practical introduction to electricity markets and the complexities of the real world market environment.

The main assessment will be based on one major coursework assignment, a PowerWorld simulation exercise. Laboratory exercises and Cultivate Innovation's Game will complement material delivered in lectures.
Course description Lecture Topics
A1. Introduction to Electrical Power System Analysis: Context and Revision
A2. Power Flow Analysis
A3. Optimal Power Flow
A4. Network Integration of Renewables
B1a. Introduction to Power Electronics and Basic Principles of Inverters
B1b. Structure of the Power Electronic Interface: Components and Function of a Machine-to-Grid Power Electronic Interface
B2a. Introduction to HVDC: Benefits over AC (Relative losses, Control of Power flows, Cross-distances)
B2b. HVDC Technology: Advanced and Multi-Level Converters, HVDC Power Electronics
C1. Introduction to GB electricity system operation
C2. Flexibility in electricity systems
C3. Energy systems integration
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 3, Other Study Hours 69, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Self study
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Exhibit theoretical understanding of electrical power networks and be able to synthesise theory on iterative methods for solving network power flows into a working knowledge for the assessment of network performance with offshore renewable energy in a simulation software package
  2. Understand, model and analyse electrical power networks for secure and cost-effective integration of renewable energy resources in the context of operation, protection and control of electricity networks
  3. Appreciate and be critically aware of the basic concepts of power electronics, importance of power electronic devices for high-efficiency power conversion, for interfacing and conditioning renewable generation and for realisation of HVDC transmission systems and HVDC offshore connections
  4. Appreciate the operation of national electricity systems, the role of markets and the impact of renewable energy
  5. Appreciate the value of sources of flexibility and be critically aware of the role of wider energy systems integration on the scope to integrate renewables at different scales
Reading List
Power System Analysis, Sadaat, H, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0071281843
Embedded Generation, Jenkins N. et al. Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2000, ISBN 0852967748
Fundamentals of Power System Economics, Kirschen D. et al, J. Wiley, 2008, ISBN 9780470845721
Power System Economics: Designing Markets for Electricity, Stoft S, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2002, ISBN 9780471150404
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Sasa Djokic
Tel: (0131 6)50 5595
Course secretaryDr Katrina Tait
Tel: (0131 6)51 9023
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