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ELEC3202 Green Electronics

Module Overview

This module describes in detail recent development in electronic devices that reduce energy consumption, generate power, or advance the distribution of power. Together these set of devices will play an essential role in the reduced 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 photo-voltaic 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.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims at providing an introduction to both the fundamentals of energy generating electronic devices and the systems that can be implemented using such devices, by convering the fundamental theoretical foundations, manufacturing and practical limitations.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Fundamental theory and principles of energy generating electronic devices
  • Basic concepts of the interaction between chemical and electronic processes and in electrical energy storage devices
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Simulate device and circuit operation of a photovoltaic system
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand manufacturing and efficiency issues in photovoltaic devices
  • Understand key principles of power electronic circuits used in photovoltaic systemsystems

Syllabus

Semiconductor Devices - Solar Cells (photovoltaics) - Thermo-Electric Materials - Light Emitting Diodes (LED) Electrical Energy Storage - Batteries - Super Capacitors - Fuel Cells Details of photovoltaic Devices & Systems - (Quantum) Efficiencies - Physical Models and Simulation - Device Manufacture Technologies - Photovoltaic System Design - Equivalent Circuit Models - Power Conversion techniques - Maximum Power Point Tracking - Grid Connection

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Lecture24
Revision10
Completion of assessment task24
Follow-up work12
Supervised time in studio/workshop6
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Wider reading or practice62
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

S.M. Sze. Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technologies. 

Stuart R Wenham, Martin A Green, Muriel E Watt, Richard Corkish, (2012). Applied Photovoltaics. 

Jenny Nelson. The Physics of Solar Cells. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 70%
Exercise 30%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: ELEC2201

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