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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module ENGI41815: Energy Generation and Conversion Technologies

Department: Engineering

ENGI41815: Energy Generation and Conversion Technologies

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1K609


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To examine issues relating to energy conversion and control of electrical machines and power electronics.


  • Induction generator, doubly fed induction generator, synchronous generator, permanent magnet generator, linear machine, low speed machine, variable speed, power electronics and energy storage.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understand the requirements for generator systems. A1.
  • Have a good knowledge of electrical machines and power electronics. A1
  • Have a sound knowledge of modern design trends. A1, A3, C11.
  • Have a command of modern analysis and simulation methods. B12, C4.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to select appropriate system configurations. A1.
  • Be able to carry out a targeted literature survey. C8, C2.
  • Be able to write a sound technical report. B7, C2.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • Lectures and tutorial questions to cover the fundamental theories.
    • Assignment using a mainstream CAD package (Simplorer) in the University Scheme of Ansoft to practice the application of theories.
    • Assignment to integrate elements in machine, power electronics, power system and control.
    • Literature survey to review the application and development in industry.
    • Examinations to assess knowledge, understanding and application.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Lectures 19 weekly 1 hour 19
    Tutorials 19 weekly 1 hour 19
    Practicals 8 weekly 2 hours 8
    Preparation and Reading 104
    Total 150

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Examination Component Weighting: 75%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Written examination, May/June 2 hours 100%
    Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 25%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Coursework, Epiphany Term 2,000 words 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    Individually written assignment: system design problem using CAD package.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University