ENG07036 2017 Power and Energy Engineering

General Details

Full Title
Power and Energy Engineering
Transcript Title
P and EE
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rudie Coppieters, Tom OCallaghan
Programme Membership
SG_EDATA_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Data Centre Facilities Engineering

This L7 Module address two key areas of energy management and ac power systems for Data Centres. The module had two sub-components as follows:

Energy Management:

The core principles of a structured approach to Energy Management including EnergyMAP, ISO 50001. M&V protocols (IPMVP-2012), energy efficiency savings and independent variable analysis, introduction to principles of ISO50015 

Power Systems for Data Centres: 

The sub-component provides the learner with technical understanding principles of ac power distribution, structure of the power sector with generation, transmission, distribution, and supply of electrcity. expands on power sector regulation and unbundling, Genaration Fuel mix, integration of Renewables, wholesale and retailing of power, emerging trends in the sector including Smart Networks, vacuum & SF6 medium voltage switchgear, instrumentation transformers (CT/VTs), safety and switching permits for work, earthing procedures).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


1. (KB,CC) Understand Power sector with EU backdrop to stimulate monopoly regulation and greater competition in the sector.


2. (KB, CR) Demonstrate an appreciation of power generation transmission and distribution of electricity.


3. (KB, CR, CC, KHSR) Demonstrate strong technical knowledge of quality and reliability metrics for power quality and reliability of supply, substation operation including trasnfomers and OLTC, Vacuum and SF6 switchgear, safety and earthing/permiting process/SOPs.


4. (KB & CC) Understand ISO 50001 and structured approach to Energy Management.


5. (KB, CR, KHSR) Demonstrate knowledge of Measurement & Verification process including use of Regression Analysis for determination of correlation of energy use with independent variables including HDD/CDD.


6. (KB, CR, CC, KHSR) Develope technical understanding of EVO IPMVP-2012 and role of ISO 50015


7. (KB, CR, KHSR) Understanding of synergy between Environment and Power including GHG, EPA Licensing, and waster/emissions management.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Learning will be blended and comprise of eveing weekly live or recorded online lectures, most likely using moodle and Adobe Connect with continous assessment based on an individual case study of energy assessment report for data centre, site visit to large industrial site or Grid National Control Centre with resulting assessment report by learner. The assessment of data centre will introduce the core concepts of structured approach to energy management and performance with P-D-C-A methodology used. The energy assessment will be the basis of the practical for this module and include assessment of existing energy performance including PEU, identification of EE opportunity and implemntation plan based on low cost, medium and investment to improve energy performance.   

Module Assessment Strategies

Learning assessment will be continous assessment and final written examination. The CA will be based on own data centre including assessment of HVAC and ac power reliabality/security of supplies.

Repeat Assessments

Will be based on reapeat attend or exam only method for the module depending on the outcome of assessment of the CA and/or final examination.

Indicative Syllabus

Power Engineering 

Power generation including types of fossil fuel power plant (OC & CCGT) and Renwables. Transmission and Distribution of electricity. Grid and Mesh networks including design/operation to provide high system security. Structure of power sector and Role and legal context of EU reforms including unbundling and regulation of the sector. Technical information including metrics for power quality and reliability assessment. Overview of published transmission Grid plan and System Performance. Regulatory codes for netwrok operators.

Energy Mangement

Structured approach to Energy Management with emphasis on Data Centres (PUE) and EnergyMAP. ISO 50001. Measurement and Verification for energy performance and/or savings. Understanding of IPMVP-2012 from EVO including using EXCEL for regression analysis with single or multiple independent variables (ANOVA).

Module concludes with demonstation of the synergy with Environemt Management with inclusion of EPA role, IPC Licensing, GHG/Emissions trading, waste management and policy drivers in this area.    

In summary, this module addresses the power utility supply to data centre and also provides the learner with the framework and tools in the industry to manage energy based on the structured approach as exemplifies in ISO 50001 and measuremnt/verification uisng EVO protocal approach.  


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case Study of data centre energy and ac power reliability assessment. Continuous Assessment Assignment 50 % Week 8 1,3,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Written Examination Final Exam Open Book Exam 50 % Week 14 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Offsite Continous Assessment 8 Once Per Semester 0.53
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.53 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Classroom Equipped for OLL. Weekly lecture using online Adode Connect 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

A range of reference resources will be provided and no single textbook would suffice to address the wide range and scope of topics covered in this module. Eack week, the lecture will reference journals/publications and reports as relevant for the topic.

URL Resources









Other Resources

ISO 50001

IPMVP - 2012

Power Quality Metrics

Additional Information

The module is based on principles of ac power distribution and reliability for high load centre (data centre) and provides the frasmework of structured approach to the managment of energy in Data Centre environment.