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ZUG4022 – Power Generation and Renewable Energy Systems

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2021 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2022 (Extended Programme)

16 credits, NQF Level 8


The module describes the theory and design of power generation systems; namely boilers, steam turbines, condensers and cooling circuits in addition to nuclear fission reactor systems and photo voltaic, wind and low emission generation systems. It also discusses other aspects pertaining to power generation like environmental aspects, energy conservation, energy storage and potential energy sources such as hydrogen and fuel cells. The course thrust is on power generation technologies that address the challenge of climate change with a view of sustaining provision during transformation. Topics include storage and grid integration, and centralized and decentralized systems.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Analyse types of conventional energy sources
2Apply fundamentals of power plants design
3Interpret the design of alternative energy systems
4Describe the fundamentals of energy conversion processes
5Analyse the application of fuel cells and hydrogen as alternative sources of energy


Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60 %

Workload requirements

The objective of this module is to enable students to understand various energy systems ranging from conventional to non-renewable and renewable. It also equips them with the design capability of conventional and alternative energy systems in light of energy demand challenges that are facing the world today. There will be a combination of lectures that include interactive elements, tutorials in which students will do individual work (self-assessments; reflecting on learning aspects) and group work (PowerPoint presentations on aspects of the module, role-play and group discussions) and Moodle, for sharing learning aids, to help students test their own knowledge through informal quizzes, and to administer short formal tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means of assignments, laboratory work, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Advanced Mechanics of Fluid Flow Systems, Thermal Machinery for Industrial Application


Dynamic Behaviour of Fluids, Mass & Heat Transfer