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ELEC97083 (EE4-50) Sustainable Electrical Systems

Lecturer(s): Prof Goran Strbac; Dr Balarko Chaudhuri


This course reviews the motivating factors and aspirations for changing electricity systems to a more sustainable form. From this base, the challenges posed for planning and operating a system with a changed generation mix are described and analysed. To support this, the features of the key renewable and low carbon energy technologies are introduced.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the term the student is expected to:
• Be able to describe the changes foreseen in electrical power systems.
• Be able to analyse and describe the challenges to existing network operation posed by renewable generation systems.
• Be able to describe the basic operation of various renewable energy technologies, identifying key features such as intermittency or resource dependency and perform calculation of energy yields or design choices.


Part 1 - Context , Drivers and Policy
The world of energy and the panorama for the UK Government and international objectives and policies The status of the present system
Part 2 - Sustainable Energy Technologies
Wind power, photovoltaic generation, hydroelectric generation, combined heat and power, (Demand response)
Part 3 - Network integration
Connection issues for distributed generation. Connection issues for offshore wind energy. Impact of intermittent generation on network operation and security. Planning of reserve and response services

The assessment will be based on a final exam with a weight of 80% over the final mark and two assignments with a weight of 10% + 10%.
Reading list:
• Kirschen, D. and Strbac, G. (2004) Front Matter, in Fundamentals of Power System Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
• Mathew, S. (2006). Wind energy : Fundamentals, resource analysis and economics. Berlin: Springer.
• Hau, E., & Renouard, Horst E. von. (2013). Wind Turbines : Fundamentals, Technologies, Application, Economics.
• Wenham, S. (2011). Applied photovoltaics (3rd ed.). London: Earthscan.
Course leaders:
Professor Goran Strbac and Dr Balarko Chaudhuri

Exam Duration: 3:00hrs
Coursework contribution: 20%

Term: Spring

Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): Closed

Coursework Requirement:
         To be announced

Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): N/A

Prerequisite module(s): None required

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Book List:
1.Kirschen, D. and Strbac, G. (2004) Front Matter, in Fundamentals of Power System Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.