Power Generation

Course Number: RET 223
Transcript Title: Power Generation
Created: March 15, 2012
Updated: August 4, 2015
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Course Description

Introduces the principles of distributed and centralized power generation. Introduces motor/generator principles for asynchronous, synchronous, DFIG, and PM synchronous generators. Discusses photovoltaic module and utility interactive inverter specifications, array sizing, and orientation.  Prepares individuals to perform solar resource assessment and solar site analysis using publicly available resources, instrumentation, and software simulation. Introduces power electronics circuits to perform rectification/inversion functions. Includes a 3-hour per week laboratory session. Prerequisite: EET222. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply intermediate electronics principles to analyze the behavior of motors, generators, power electronics, and transmission circuits.
  2. Perform a solar site analysis using publicly available resources, instrumentation, and software simulation.
  3. Write technical reports using collected experiment data.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation is done via labs, quizzes, take home assignments, in class exercises, workshops and/or exams.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture, discussion, online lessons, workshops and lab exercises are the instructional methods used.

Laboratory activities include building, analyzing, and troubleshooting circuits on a modular industrial electro-mechanical trainer. Instruments will be used to measure voltage, current, power, energy, speed, and torque. Theoretical predictions will be compared with observed values.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Motors – torque, speed, RHR, LHR, asynchronous, synchronous, wound rotor induction motor, permanent magnet synchronous motor
  2. Generators - asynchronous, synchronous, DFIG, permanent magnet synchronous generation, synchronizing events, synchroscope
  3. Photovoltaic module and inverter specification reading – STC, Voc, Isc, Pstc, calculate Voc max given temperature conditions
  4. Solar site analysis – NREL, PVWatts, solar site analysis using the SolarPathfinder, Solmetric SunEye210, and Google SketchUp
  5. Power Electronics – chopper circuits, rectification/inversion
  6. Transmission -  loaded generator and transmission circuits, HVDC transmission