Courses & Units

Renewable Energy Systems KNE491



The aim of this unit is to provide students with sufficient knowledge about renewable energy technologies (such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro, wave, tidal etc.), energy storage systems, power electronic interfaces and associated control, and renewable energy system design and implementation. Students will be able to practice their design skills in renewable energy systems thorough modeling and implementation. Topics covered in this unit include Renewable energy sources and technologies, Wind energy system (aerodynamic model, wind turbine generators and their analysis, power converter design & control, reactive power compensation), Photovoltaic power system (photovoltaic power conversion, PV characteristics; Maximum power point tracking (MPPT), PV system design, power converter design for photovoltaic system), Energy storage systems, Hybrid system, Grid integration impact of renewable energy sources, Micro grid and Smart grid system.


Unit name Renewable Energy Systems
Unit code KNE491
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Dr Sarah Lyden
Level Honours
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 031300

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  • KNE443 or KNE342 and KNE343 or KNE241


Teaching Pattern

Lectures (3 hours per week), Tutorials (1 hour per week), Lab sessions (4x3 hours lab session)


2 Class Tests (20%), 4x Lab sessions (15%), 2 in class activities (5%), 3-hr final exam (60%)

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