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Unit 044  Industrial Power, Electronics and Storage – Credit Value 15 Level 5 [M/615/1512]

This unit presents a wide-ranging introduction to the field of existing and renewable energy systems. There are many alternative sources of energy (some ‘green’) which can be converted to an electrical form, providing energy for transport, heat/cooling and lighting, as well as energy for various industrial processes and applications.

Power electronic converters are an essential component of renewable and distributed energy sources, including wind turbines, photovoltaics, marine energy systems and energy storage systems. It is necessary to gain a clear understanding of, and be able to examine, the technical implications of providing sustainable electrical energy to meet the energy demand of the future.

The unit will also explore the potential impacts of climate change and why more, and different forms of, sustainable energy sources are required together with the need for energy efficiency measures.

By the end of this unit students will be able to examine the technological concepts behind providing a sustainable electrical energy supply for the future. They will also be able to describe how the fundamental technical and economic processes and drivers at play in the electrical power industry affect the selection and use of energy sources.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate energy demand to determine the technology and methods of energy production.
  2. Discuss current energy efficiency measures, technologies and policies specific to the building and transportation sectors.
  3. Analyse the control techniques of power electronics for renewable energy systems.
  4. Investigate the impacts of renewable resources to the grid and the various issues associated with integrating such resources to the grid.

Recommended Resources


ABU-RUB, H., MALINOWSKI, M. and AL-HADDAD, K. (2014) Power Electronics for Renewable Energy Systems, Transportation and Industrial Applications. John Wiley & Sons.
EKANAYAKE, J. and JENKINS, N. (2012) Smart Grid Technology and Applications. John Wiley & Sons.
RASHID, M.H. (2013) Power Electronics: Circuits, Devices and Applications. 4th Ed. Pearson.
TWIDELL, J. and WEIR, T. (2006) Renewable Energy Resources. 2nd Ed. Taylor & Francis.


This unit links to the following related units:

  • Unit 51: Sustainability
  • Unit 53: Utilisation of Electrical Power

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