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EE5500 - Sustainable Power Generation and Distribution

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

This subject aims to introduce the concepts behind sustainable electricity systems as well as the main renewable and low-carbon generation technologies. The subject will covers a wide range of power generation and distribution systems such low-carbon networks, Introduction to low carbon thermal generation (nuclear, Carbon Capture and Storage, bio diesel, biomass), Wind Energy: introduction to the technology, Renewable Energy: system level integration challenges (operational reserves, impact on conventional generation, capacity credit), Introduction to multi-generation (cogeneration, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), waste heat recovery, tri-generation, heat storage, heat networks)

Learning Outcomes

  • discuss the importance of active distribution networks and, in general, smart grids;
  • describe the basic operation of electro-thermal generation technologies;
  • analyse the steady state operation of distributed low carbon technologies;
  • analyse the impact of wind power generation on power system operation and planning;
  • analyse cost and benefits of different technological alternatives for electricity, heat and transport from technical, economic and environmental viewpoint;
  • design a Remote Area Power Supply (REPS), and un-interruptible power supply for critical loads;
  • define the role of distributed low carbon technologies in future distribution networks;
  • design a zero-emission house from energy consumption point of view.

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 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Ahmad Zahedi.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 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.