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ENEE419R Renewable Energy Systems

Course Description:  There is contest among people that oil and gas are finite sources, which are becoming scarce and expensive. Renewable energy systems are being investigated extensively by researchers and companies to replace the conventional systems. Currently, there is no course in the area of renewable energy sources for students, especially students in electrical engineering. The purpose of this course in renewable energy sources is to givean overview of the major aspects of renewable energy systems with emphasis on solar and wind energy conversion systems. Applications of power electronics as well as grid-connected systems will be explained.

Topic Covered:

  • Solar energy conversion systems: overview of solar energy conversion systems, characteristics ofphotovoltaic (PV) systems, PV models and equivalent circuits, sun tracking systems, maximum power point tracking (MPPT) techniques, power electronic interfaces for PV systems, sizing the PV panel and battery pack in stand-alone PV applications.
  • Wind energy conversion systems: overview of wind energy conversion systems (horizontal and vertical systems), fundamentals of wind energy harvesting systems, wind turbines and different electrical machines in wind applications, reference frame transformation, induction generator models, synchronous generators and dynamic model of SG, power converters in wind applications (AC voltage controllers and interleaved converters), wind energy system configurations (variable speed and fixed speed WECS), fixed speed induction generator operation principle, variable speed WECS with squirrel cage induction generators, variable speed WECS with synchronous generators.

Pre-Requisites: ENEE 303