CEM227-Renewable Energy in Power Systems

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM102 Business of Construction CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice CEM105 Emerging Economies Integrating Studies
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Ben Potter

Email: b.a.potter@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Renewable energy sources are generally smaller than conventional power stations, and are often connected to electricity distribution networks rather than the transmission system. The integration of such time variable “distributed” or “embedded” sources into electricity networks requires special considerations. This module will look at the structure of a power system, the characteristics of conventional and renewable energy generators, the conversion of renewable energy into electricity and the characteristics of generators used, as well as the need to maintain power balance and stability in electricity networks. Particular attention will be given to the challenges presented by increasing penetration from variable sources and measures to mitigate this, such as interconnection, demand side management and energy storage.

Aims:
To provide the student with knowledge of the issues which need to be considered when incorporating renewable energy in power systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
An understanding of the characteristics of conventional and renewable energy generators.
A knowledge of the measures that maintain power balance and frequency stability in power systems, including System Operator actions and the role of power markets and commercial mechanisms.
A knowledge of additional measures that could be taken with increasing input from renewable energy sources, such as interconnection, demand side management or energy storage.
A basic understanding of the conversion of renewable energy to electricity and the characteristics of the generators used.

Additional outcomes:
An understanding of the characteristics of conventional and renewable energy generators.
A knowledge of the power balance and frequency stability in a network with increasing input from renewable energy sources.
An understanding of the issues concerned with demand side management.
A basic understanding of the conversion of renewable energy to electricity and the characteristics of the generators used.

Outline content:
The structure of a power system.
The characteristics of conventional and renewable energy generators.
The conversion of renewable energy into electricity and the characteristics of generators used.
Power balance and stability in electricity networks.
Increasing penetration from variable sources and measures to mitigate this, such as interconnection, demand side management and energy storage.
Energy storage.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered in one week through lectures and tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 17
Seminars 5
Tutorials 3
External visits 5
Guided independent study 70
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Set exercises including a poster, a short presentation and a written piece of work


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:
http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 13 June 2017

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