This unit regarding generation system fundamentals explains how power is generated, with a special emphasis on Alternative Renewable Energy generation and analysis including everyday examples and illustrations. The unit provides an overview of generation systems, followed by details on Alternative Energy Systems and introduces students to unconventional energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass and fuel cells. Students will be introduced to problems facing the electricity supply industries in Australia and alternative energy choices. Furthermore, the unit focuses on environmental and economic advantages of using alternative energy generation technologies, the concept of sustainability, and energy efficiency in order to provide the basis for alternative energy systems. This unit also covers conventional energy systems and greenhouse effect, evaluation and feasibility studies of solar energy, wind energy, fuel cells, hydrogen generation, bio-fuel, tidal and geothermal systems, nuclear energy, analysis and modelling of above systems, economic analysis of above systems, design of hybrid systems and integration.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the feasibility of a proposed energy generation system;  
  2. Propose optimal solutions for energy generation systems;  
  3. Design and simulate the physical aspects of energy generation systems;  
  4. Critique and compare conventional and renewable energy sources through real world applications; and  
  5. Collaborate and contribute to teamwork and outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Laboratory Reports 30%
Project Project 1 (1000 words) 20%
Project Group Project 2 (2500 words) 30%
Presentation Group Presentation & contribution 20%

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