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Hydropower and Energy Storage ENG764


This unit introduces students to hydropower and key energy storage technologies which will shape future power systems, including pumped hydro storage and battery energy storage. Students will learn to accurately describe the key features and functionalities of these technologies, including of different technologies within a category, and their role in current and future power systems, including in providing short and long term system stability. Students will gain an understanding of methods used for comparing costs of generation and storage in an energy system context, as well as an appreciation for the environmental, community and social impact of large infrastructure projects such as those that will be required in future. Students will be given exposure to some of Tasmania's hydropower assets and their operation.


Unit name Hydropower and Energy Storage
Unit code ENG764
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Associate Professor Evan Franklin
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe key features of different energy storage technologies and their role in future power systems
  • Evaluate power system stability with different pumped hydro storage technologies by applying dynamic power system studies
  • Recommend appropriate generation and energy storage solutions based on functionality and costs comparisons of a range of different generation and storage systems
  • Make recommendations on the requirements for connection of new renewable generation and energy storage projects through connection studies
  • Articulate sound understanding of the environmental, community and social impacts of major energy infrastructure developments
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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ENG766 Power System Dynamics and Stability|ENG767 Power Systems 1


AssessmentHydro System Dynamics Assignment (25%)|Grid Connection Studies Assignment (30%)|Project Development and Stakeholder Management Assignment (20%)|Levelised Cost of Energy and Storage Analysis Assignment (25%)
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