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EE4400 - Power Engineering 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject provides the theoretical and practical background knowledge required to understand, design and carry out planning for electrical power systems. The essential elements concerning the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power are presented. Stability of power system will be a focus of this subject and both angle and voltage stability issues will be discussed. The techniques commonly employed to protect power systems from the systems faults will be highlighted. This subject will also cover the fundamentals of power electronics as well as power quality, origin of harmonics and their effects on electrical equipment and distribution systems. This subject will also look at the control of power flows within a system and the economic dispatch of the power flow. The basic elements that make up an electricity bill are presented, together with the reasons that justify various tariff structures. The purpose of use of energy storage technologies such as pumped storage is explained in a simple way. This subject will also look at the engineering and economic aspects of distributed renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, and the other commercially available renewable energy technologies. In relation to solar energy focus will be on solar energy resources, solar photovoltaic (PV) materials and electrical characteristics, photovoltaic systems, and their applications. In relation to wind energy focus will be on wind resources, wind power, and wind turbine technologies, modelling and simulation of wind power operation. This subject will conclude by presenting a lecture on smart grid, its characteristics and benefits to both utilities and electricity consumers.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of power electronic switching circuits and their applications to variable speed electrical machines, power supplies and inverters;
  • develop a significant power system augmentation plan and have the capability to competently use commercial software packages for load flow and fault analysis;
  • develop detailed knowledge about electric machines;
  • demonstrate understanding the analytical techniques used for power system operation and planning purposes;
  • demonstrate understanding the properties and behaviour of power electronic devices.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (10%) - Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Ahmad Zahedi.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.