Course Number:
RET 223
Transcript Title:
Power Generation
Aug 16, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, Audit
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Repeats available for credit:

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. Audit available.

Course 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.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

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

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

  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