MG6118 – Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics

Module code
Module title
Sustainable Energy and Power Electronics
To develop an understanding of the concepts and applications of power electronics including basic converter types and applications involving small scale renewable energy systems.
  • SC1001
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe power switching devices
2. Describe power conversion systems
3. Demonstrate knowledge of AC to DC conversion
4. Demonstrate knowledge of DC to AC and DC to DC conversion
5. Demonstrate knowledge of AC to AC conversion
6. Describe knowledge of Power Control Applications
7. Demonstrate knowledge of small to medium scale renewable energy systems covering up to 100kW.
• Power switching devices characteristics, ratings, safe operating areas, methods of protection and applications in power electronics
• Power conversion systems and methods of driving power switching devices
• Generation, effect, and measurement of harmonics in conversion systems
• Operation of single-phase and three-phase uncontrolled and controlled power rectifiers
• Practical applications are investigated and tested in accordance with industry practice
• Typical operational features of DC to AC and DC to DC converters, operation of DC to AC square-wave and sine-wave power converters
• Characteristics and operational requirements of AC and DC machines
• Electric motor speed control systems and electronic drives are investigated and compared
• Small and medium scale renewable energy systems covering for example typical systems for PV, mini or micro hydro, tidal, wave, wind and biomass.
• Grid tied inverter systems, energy storage devices and their control systems and standalone energy systems and generation plants. Including diesel gensets.