As an online postgraduate unit provided by Murdoch University and Open Universities Australia, Energy Systems provides an introduction to the design and operation of energy conversion and supply systems, with a focus on the principal small to medium scale energy systems currently used in Australia. The unit covers a range of different energy systems including engine-based RAPS, hybrid, photovoltaic; and also covers renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar thermal. In additional the unit takes into consideration co-generation systems, fuel cells and micro-hydro systems.
On completion of this unit, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of how the main energy systems covered in this unit operate. You will accomplish this by drawing a block diagram showing the layout of components in the system, indicating power flows that occur and describing the role of various components within the system. You will also learn how to undertake simple design and sizing tasks for the various systems covered in this unit.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
Acceptance into the Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies
It is recommended that applicants have successfully completed the unit, Energy in Society, or have equivalent knowledge
Areas of study
In this Energy Systems unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to energy systems
The interconnected electricity grid
The interconnected electricity grid – environmental issues/renewables - issues in connecting to the grid
Remote Area Power Supply (RAPS) systems
Engine-based RAPS systems
Electrical energy storage
Design of PV Systems – sizing methods
Design of wind power systems/wind farms and wind penetration
Water pumping – wind and solar/other energy sources – microhydro
Solar thermal systems
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies, Murdoch University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Energy Systems is a core unit for the Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies, also provided by Murdoch University and Open Universities Australia. This postgraduate diploma covers technical areas of energy supply and demand in addition to non-technical areas such as economics and policy, providing you with a fully realised working knowledge of energy systems and energy policy in Australia and the wider energy market.
Success in this unit gives you the opportunity to develop skills to enhance your career in areas such as energy policy, energy economics, energy management and efficiency, sustainable energy systems design and planning and the environmental impact of energy systems and their use.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Energy Systems from Murdoch University.
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