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ELEC6220 Power Systems Analysis

Module Overview

- To introduce fundamental concepts relating to the design, analysis, economics and management of modern electrical power systems. - To develop awareness of the technical problems associated with operation of such systems. - To gain analytical and numerical modelling skills for handling particular problems. - To introduce classification of grid users, load control and tariffs.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce fundamental concepts relating to the design, analysis, economics and management of modern electrical power systems

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Advanced concepts of operation of electrical power systems
  • Elements of control of power systems
  • Economic and management aspect
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Application of modern modelling techniques
  • Ability to tackle problems of interdisciplinary nature
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • A range of analytical and numerical methods of analysis of power systems
  • Ability to use commercial software for simulation
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appreciation of the complexity of power systems
  • Ability to analyse the performance of power systems

Syllabus

Introduction - The evolution of electricity generation technologies - The evolution of environmental awareness - The size of the industry - The politics of electricity - Hierarchy of energy within the national economy The utilisation of electric power - Types of loads - Classification of grid users - Measurement of load - Load loss factor - Load control - Load forecasting - Tariffs Power System Economics - Basic pricing principles - Supply-side and demand-side options - Load management and spot pricing - Electricity pricing - Charging for transmission and distribution services - Cost of generating electrical energy - Methods of determining depreciation - Importance of high load factor Electricity markets - Electricity market structure - Market clearing - Social welfare - Market coupling Power factor improvement - Causes and disadvantages of low power factor - Calculation of power factor correction - The most economical power factor - Power factor improvement equipment Economics of power transmission - Economic choice of conductor size - Economic choice of transmission voltage - Most economical conductor size in a cable Energy management system - Load-flow or power-flow computation - DC load-flow - Optimal power flow - State estimator Control of transported and distributed power - Control of real power flows - Control of reactive power flows - Unified Power-Flow Controller - FACTS controllers in the distribution system Future power systems - Renewable Energy - Decentralised or Distributed Generation - Power-Electronic Interfaces - Energy Storage - Blackouts and Chaotic Phenomena

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Lecture12
Revision10
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Completion of assessment task54
Follow-up work6
Wider reading or practice62
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Weedy B.M., B.J. Cory (1998). Electric Power Systems. 

Y.H. Song, A.T. Johns (1999). Flexible ac transmission systems (FACTS). 

P. Breeze (2005). Power generation technologies. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 50%
Examination  (2 hours) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 50%
Examination  (2 hours) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: ELEC3214

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