This module covers recent developments in electronic devices that reduce energy consumption, generate power, or advance the distribution of power. Together these devices are playing an essential role in the reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
The module provides an introduction to both the fundamentals of energy generating electronic devices and the systems that can be implemented using such devices. The concepts will be explained in detail for photovoltaic devices but the analogy for thermo-electric devices is evident. The module covers the fundamental theoretical foundations , manufacturing and practical limitations. System integration with the grid is also introduced with key concepts such as smart grids, smart meters, microgrids and storage being covered in the course.
As part of this module, students will learn to use PC1D, a quasi-one-dimensional finite-element program for modelling semiconductor devices that is used frequently in university research groups and industrial R&D labs around the world for simulating photovoltaic devices.
Pre-requisite: ELEC2201 or ELEC2206 or ELEC6259