Courses Content

MEP 590 Principles of renewable energy sources

Introduction to traditional energy resources: thermal (fossil fuels), chemical, nuclear, technology and application. Renewable energy resources: wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, and fuel cell. Introduction to hybrid systems, and environmental issues of various energy generation techniques.

ECE 607 Materials and devices for Renewable Energy Systems

Semiconductor Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, Solar Silicon and Non Silicon Materials, Low Cost Material Technology, Solar Cells and Arrays, Photovoltaic System Design, Optical Elements (Covers and Coating), Electrical Elements (Interconnections and Blocking Diode), Mechanical Elements (Frames, Supports and Orientation Mechanisms), Solar Cell Characteristics, Solar Cell Design, Solar Cell Technology Photovoltaic Modules and Arrays, Energy Storage an Batteries, Design of Battery Voltage Regulators, Design of DC/DC Converters, DC/ACI Inverters, Design of  Photovoltaic Systems.

MEP 690 Solar energy and thermal converters

Study of solar thermal energy: Its intensity in outer space and the calculation of the solar intensity on earth with different models. Availability and usability of solar energy. Study of solar angles, Shades and the equation of time. Solar collectors: Types, theory, transmission through glass, heat loss calculations and definitions of all parameters involved in collector performance. Active and passive solar systems. Solar concentrators: (Heliostat), Point concentrators, Parabolic through, Fresnel concentrators. Thermal performance, heat transfer coefficients, efficiencies. Array design and energy conversion.

EPM 690 Photovoltaic systems

Principles of solar cell operation, structure; crystalline silicon solar cells and thin film technologies for PV. Electrical and optical characteristics, equivalent circuit, generation characteristic of the PV Power, Energy production by PV array. Grid connection and standalone operation of PV systems. Maximum power points tracking techniques. Different control techniques for PV systems, low voltage ride through capability and grid code. Voltage and current modes of control for dc/dc converters to interface PV.

EPM 691 Measurement and instrumentation for renewable energy systems

Basic concepts of measurements, problem analysis, basic characteristics of measuring devices and calibration process. Basic requirements of transducers, performance characteristics of measurement systems, zero, first and second order systems. Pressure measurements, temperature measurements and flow measurements. Assessment of renewable-energy-system performance. SCADA Computer Controlled Thermal Solar Energy Unit, SCADA Computer Controlled Wind Energy Unit. PV sizing and operation of both Stand Alone and Grid connected designs. Solar Pump application. Simulation of a multi-renewable energy resources/Hybrid generation control center.

EPM 692 Economics of renewable energy and hybrid energy systems

Principles of engineering economics, economic analysis: defining alternatives, discounting factors and efficient resource allocation. Benefit-cost analysis: Project evaluation and feasibility, time value of money, study of projects, financial analysis, sources of funding, cost analysis, project selection based on comparison of economic performance. Load curves, variation in demand, load diversity. Renewable energy power plant economics: Net Energy, intermittency, renewable energy mix and energy conservation, capital cost, operating cost, selection of plant and unit size. The potential for energy efficiency, energy subsidies, environmental externalities. Economic return analysis of electrical tariffs.

EPM 693 Power electronics for renewable energy Sources

Forward converters, half bridge converters, full bridge converters. Push-Pull converters, Switched-Mode Power Supply (SMPS). Multi-Level Inverters (MLI). Space Vector Modulation (SVM). Resonance Pulse Inverter, class E resonant inverter and rectifier. Z-Source Converters. Interconnection standards, Type of interface, static synchronous generators, Power quality issues, control of active power and voltage regulation, current control mode vs. voltage control mode, Wind power interface and photo voltaic interface topologies.

MEP 691 Wind energy

Introduction to wind energy, wind speed classification and wind roses. Principles of energy extraction, Betz theory and basic assumptions, classification of wind machines, Theoretical analysis of wind power utilization. Study of measurements’ equipment for wind speed and direction. Analysis of wind energy data: Energy and frequency curves, Wind turbine theory and aerofoil theory, Study of forces acting on the wind turbine and study the turbine performance. Wind turbines: Construction and design, components of wind turbines, wind farm and main features, statistical study of wind data; Wind speed and power duration curves, Power curve of the wind turbine generator and calculation of energy produced at different sites. Wind energy conversion generators: Fixed speed wind turbines, partially variable speed wind turbines, Variable speed wind turbines; Gearless wind energy conversion systems. Different control systems for Wind energy conversion, On-Shore and Off-shore Wind units, Self-excited induction generator, Doubly Fed Induction Generator, Permanent Magnet Synchronous generator, wind turbines economic operation and maintenance.

MEP 692 Biomass energy

Fundamental principles and practical applications of biomass-to-renewable energy processes, including anaerobic digestion of agricultural and industrial wastes for biogas and hydrogen production, bioethanol production from starch and lignocellulosic materials, biodiesel production from plant oils, and thermos-conversion of biomass and waste materials for renewable energy production.

MEP 693 Geothermal energy

Typical geothermal gradient, global geothermal resource, plate boundaries and hot spots, world installed capacity and potential, history of geothermal energy, physics of geothermal energy, geothermal well head, geothermal power plant, district heating, heat pipes, environmental considerations.

MEP 694 Energy storage techniques

Introduction to energy storage, power versus energy, electrochemical energy storage; ultrasonic capacitor (Super-capacitor), Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES). Types of Batteries, methods of charging and discharging of batteries, mobile and fixed energy storage. Types of mechanical energy storage; pumped hydro, compressed gas, flywheel, thermal and phase change materials.

MPE 685: Modeling of Renewable Power Stations

methods and models for operation, planning and analysis of Renewable electric power generation, Nature of renewable energy resources, hybrid systems comprises conventional energies, hybrid systems comprises renewable energies, bioenergy plants for power generation and combined heat and power (CHP) generation, Simulation of the performance of hybrid bioenergy plants using software package.

EPM 623: Operation of Electric Power System and Renewable Energy

Power system operation: states and objectives. Standard operational requirements of power systems. Operational characteristics of conventional and renewable energy sources: dispatchabaility, variability, intermittency… etc. improvement of the operational characteristics of renewable resources. Hydrogen as an energy storage and energy carrier. Grid code requirements: connection codes, and operation codes. Power system operation in the presence of renewable energy resources. Optimal power flow OPF. Optimal economic dispatch. Interconnected operation of power system. Undervoltage and underfrequency Load shedding. Unit commitment constraints and solution methods. Power system security. Power system state estimation. Control centers and energy management systems.

EPM 654: Distributed Generation

DG Definitions, Standards, and Benefits: Definitions, standards, current status, available/future technologies, and technical-economical-environmental impacts, Impact of electricity market (deregulation) on the spread of DG; DG Types (Technologies): Conventional and renewable energy sources applications; DG applications, Operating Modes: Base load, peak load shaving/ shifting, remote/isolated, and standalone/grid connection; DG interconnection and its requirements: DG interface of rotating machines/ power electronic based, DG interface’s protection requirement; Power Quality/Reliability: Voltage regulation, harmonics from power electronic based DG, Improving reliability on customers and utility applications; Protection Aspects: Protective relays coordination, Anti-islanding detection/ Islanding prevention techniques, Safety of personnel; DG impact on distribution planning: Distribution system (radial/loop) expansion planning using DG; DG Cost/Pricing: Energy (kWh), demand (kW), pf costs and penalties Connection and operating costs and charges Cost and rate of return analysis; DG Regulatory Issues: Required contracts for DG connection to the grid/operation.

EPM 681: Selected Topics in Electrical Power Systems and Machines

Different advanced topics may be suggested at different semesters and taught by professors and experts. Topics belong to the field of specialization in the department of Electrical Power and Machines.

MPE 696: Computational Fluid Dynamics for Renewable Energy

Introduction to CFD & thermo-fluids: Introduction to the physics of thermo-fluids. Governing equations (continuity, momentum, energy and species conservation) and state of the art Computational Fluid Dynamics including grid generation and high performance computing.
Requirements for accurate analysis and validation for multi scale problems. Introduction to Turbulence & practical applications of Turbulence Models: Introduction to Turbulence and turbulent flows. Offshore renewable energy problems (flow around wind, tidal turbines, solar constructions) employing the software package.