Course Title: Solve problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: EEET6798C

Course Title: Solve problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6085 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical - Technology

Course Contact: Marko Dumovic

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4342

Course Contact Email: marko.dumovic@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Zoran Savic

Phone: +6 13 9925 2000

Email: zoran.savic@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Granting competency in this unit shall be made only after competency in the following unit(s) has/have been confirmed.
UEENEEK023B Carry out basic repairs to renewable energy apparatus by replacement of components

Course Description

This unit covers providing known solutions to predictable problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems operated at extra-low voltage. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including the use of basic voltage, current and resistance measuring devices, providing known solutions to predictable circuit problems.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEK028B Solve problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems

Element:

1. Prepare to work on stand-alone renewable energy systems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained
and understood

1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and
procedures are followed

1.3 The nature of the apparatus problem is obtained
from documentation or from work supervisor to
establish the scope of work to be undertaken

1.4 Advice is sought from the work supervisor to ensure
the work is coordinated effectively with others

1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the
work are identified and accessed in accordance with
established procedures

1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to
carry out the work are obtained and checked for
correct operation and safety

Element:

2. Solve problem in stand-alone renewable energy systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are
followed

2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in
strict accordance with OHS requirements and when
necessary conducted within established safety
procedures

2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where
necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements
and procedures

2.4 Established routines are used to solve stand-alone
renewable energy systems problems using measured
and calculated values of apparatus operating
parameters

2.5 Problems are solved without damage to apparatus,
circuits, the surrounding environment or services
and using sustainable energy practices

Element:

3. Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and
procedures are followed

3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance
with established procedures

3.3 Justification for solutions used to solve stand-alone
renewable energy systems problems is documented

3.4 Work completion is documented and appropriate
person(s) notified in accordance with established
routine procedures


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

1. Lectures.

2. Practical Tasks and Laboratories

3. Assignment Work - Major Design Project

4. Independent Research - Internet and Journals


Teaching Schedule

WeekTopic
1

Course introduction. SPS system components and configurations. Regulatory requirements and Australian standards relating to stand-alone power systems. Electrical safety and OH&S obligations of the designer.

UEENEEK028B 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

UEENEEK039B 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2

Drawing and documentation. Electrical drawings encompassing block, circuit and wiring diagrams. Site and building drawings. Material lists.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3

Lamp types suitable for stand-alone PV power systems. Luminaires. Internal and external lighting design.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




4

SELV and PELV systems. Cabling, wiring systems and accessories. PV selection and wiring. Safety while handling, assembling and wiring PV panels.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 


UEENEEK039B 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




5

Cable selection. Maximum demand, current carrying capacity and voltage drop. PV to battery system losses.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




6

Prospective short-circuit current. Protective devices in DC systems. Selection of fuses and circuits breakers.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 ,2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




7

D.C. and A.C. Earthing.  PV array earthing. Genset earthing. Lightning protection.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




8

Energy storage options.  Battery types suitable for stand-alone PV power systems. Basic chemistry and construction of Lead-acid cells. Comaprison of performance.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




9

Factors affecting the life of batteries. Battery capacity. Estimating battery state of charge. Battery life and depth of discharge.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4



UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




10

Sizing and selection of batteries. Installation and maintenance of batteries.Disposal of batteries.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4




11

Inverter types. Inverter operation. Harmonic content. Overload and surge chatacteristics. Sizing and selection.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4





12

Regulators. MPPT trackers. Selection.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.,2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4





13

Battery charges. Array trackers. Metering. Selection.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4





14

Generating set components and construction. Internal combustion engine principles and operating characteristics. Factors affecting performance. Safety with gensets.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 , 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4





15

Basic structure and operation of an alternator. Excitation and voltage regulation.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4





16

Generating set mechanical and electrical ratings. Selection based on maximum demand and surge loadings. De-rating for environmental conditions.

UEENEEK028B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEK039B 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4





17 & 18Revision and examination(s).
  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

EEET6798 and EEET6799C Student Workbook located on S:\C6085\


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.


Assessment Tasks

1. Lab Tasks and Participation - 10%

2. Assignment - 15%

2. Major Design Project - 50%

3. Written Examination - 25%

This course is graded using the following course grades:

CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment.
Make sure you understand the special consideration policy available at -

http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y


Assessment Matrix

Competency National codeCompetency TitleCluster TitleLABASSIGNMENTPROJECTTESTWIL
UEENEEK028B Solve problems in stand-alone renewable energy systemsRenewable Energy Systems 2X XXX 
 UEENEEK039B
Design stand-alone renewable energy
systems

 Renewable Energy Systems 2X XXX 

Other Information

This course is delivered in a cluster (Renewable Energy 2) in conjunction with EEET6798C and EEET6799C (’Solve Problems in stand-alone renewable energy systems’ and ’Design stand-alone renewable energy systems’ respectively). All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of both competencies UEENEEK028B and UEENEEK039B.

In this cluster, minimum student directed hours are 36 in addition to 64 scheduled teaching hours.
Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation and writing lab reports.

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