ENT739: Alternative Energy Systems

School Cardiff School of Engineering
Department Code ENGIN
Module Code ENT739
External Subject Code H800
Number of Credits 10
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Meysam Qadrdan
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed

100% project work.
The module pass mark is 50%.

How the module will be delivered

A mixture of lectures and practical studies involving a range of low carbon and renewable technologies will be delivered.

Outline Description of Module

  • To develop understanding of a number of different types of alternative energy sources whose outputs are suitable for conversion into electrical and thermal powerenergy
  • To acquaint students with the relevant policy in the energy sectordocuments and grid connection codes
  • To develop an integrated systems approach and appraisal methodology for alternative energy systems

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  • Demonstrate, interpret and summarise the findings of recent publications in the field of low carbon renewable energy systems
  • Understand the requirements of the Grid Codes energy systems in future and how they can be met
  • Understand the CO2 emission factors and the costs of heat and power generation of different typesfrom different technologies

Skills that will be practised and developed

  • Analyse the UK power system with different generation mix to achieve CO2 emission targets
  • Solve problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary systems approach
  • Work effectively within a small group environment
  • Identify the factors affecting the generation mix under a decarbonised electrical power system


Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Presentation 20 Presentation 2 N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 10 Peer Evaluation N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50 Project N/A 1 N/A
Presentation 20 Presentation 1 N/A 1 N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

Modern power system planning, Xifan WangJames Rufus McDonald, McGraw-Hill

Power Generation, Operation and Control,  By Allen J. Wood, Bruce F. Wollenberg, Gerald B. Sheblé, Wiley

Introduction to Operations Research, Frederick S. HillierGerald J. Lieberman, McGraw-Hill

Background Reading and Resource List

Web-based material as specified by the module leader

Syllabus content

  • Fundamentals of the energy systems: Energy Resources, Energy Conversion and Transport, Energy Consumptions
  • Energy Challenges for the UK: Electricity, Gas and Heat
  • Fundamentals of Energy System Planning: Capex, Opex, Levelised cost, Security Criteria
  • Introduction to Optimisation – Linear Programming
  • Review of Electric Power Systems Basics
  • Unit Commitment and Economic Dispatch
  • Heat Sector and District Heating Networks
  • Review of electric powersystems basics
  • Review of renewable technologies: wind power, hydro power, solar power, thermo-electric power, marine technologies


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