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EE5410 - Renewable System Integration

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject develops a foundation for pursuing electrical engineering oriented research in the area of sustainable electric energy systems. This subject aims to introduce the concepts behind smart grid technologies, future low-carbon networks, sustainable electricity systems as well as the main renewable and low-carbon generation technologies. The subject will introduce students to tools and techniques so that distributed energy resources (e.g. distributed renewable generation, storage, small scale such as electric vehicles and utility-scale, demand response, peak demand shifting, etc.) may be integrated effectively into the power system in the context of both traditional grids and future smart grids.

Learning Outcomes

  • discuss the importance of active distribution networks, smart grids, role of smart meters for demand side management and beyond the meter smart appliances; role of low-carbon technologies in future distribution networks and low-carbon electricity systems;
  • calculate utility benefits and customers benefit from smart grids;
  • compare the main characteristics and basic operation of distributed energy resources and micro-grid systems;
  • analyse the steady-state operation of distribution networks and power systems with low-carbon technologies;
  • assess the techno-economic impact of wind power and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) generation on distribution networks and power system operation and planning;
  • analyse cost and benefits of different technological alternatives to support low-carbon power system operation and development;
  • describe the important benefits of EV in helping the electricity network during peak demand periods;
  • use power system analysis software.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Problem task - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (10%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: EE5500 AND EE5310


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Kenny Leong.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours specialised
  • 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.