ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 6364 Smart Grid Design & Operation


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ECE 6364 Smart Grid Design & Operation (3C)

Introduction to smart grid and emerging technologies. Operating principles and models of smart grid components, including distributed energy sources and distribution feeder components. Communication infrastructures for smart grid operation. Advanced metering infrastructure and advanced control methods. Demand response and demand management. Distribution feeder analysis. Impact of smart grid component integration on distribution network operation. Smart grid reliability evaluation.

What is the reason for this course?

With the growing interest in smart grid that can accommodate renewable and more efficient energy sources, it has become imperative that electrical engineers are aware of various smart grid components and the impact of their integration on the electric power grid at the distribution level. This course will introduce the students to smart grid and emerging technologies, including distributed energy sources, communication infrastructures, advanced metering infrastructure, advanced control methods, and demand management. This course will also expose the students to distribution network analysis and the impact of smart grid component integration on distribution network operation and reliability.

Typically offered: Spring. Program Area: Power.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ECE 5314.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

This course is proposed at the 6000 level because adequate background is required to deal with studies on various modeling approaches. Also, it complements three other power area courses (ECE 4364: Alternate Energy Systems, ECE 5314: Power System Operation and Control, and ECE 5324: Power System Planning) in electrical engineering.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the roles of distributed generation technologies, communication infrastructures, advanced metering infrastructure, advanced control methods, and demand management in smart grid operation
  • Discuss operating principles and develop simplified models of smart grid components
  • Perform distribution feeder analysis with and without distributed energy sources
  • Analyze the impact of smart grid component integration on distribution network operation
  • Evaluate the impact of smart grid operation on distribution network reliability and resiliency

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
1. Introduction to smart grid and emerging technologies 10%
2. Operating principles and models of smart gird components %
Solar photovoltaic model and grid integration 5%
Wind turbine model and grid integration 5%
Microturbine model and grid integration 5%
Fuel cell model and grid integration 5%
Engery storage and electric vehicle models and grid integration 5%
Distribution line models 5%
Distribution transformer models 5%
Distribution load models 5%
3. Communication infrastructures for smart grid operation 5%
4. Advanced metering infrastructure and advanced control methods 10%
5. Demand response and demand management 5%
6. Distribution feeder analysis 10%
7. Impact of smart grid component integration on distribution network operation 10%
8. Smart grid reliability evaluation 10%

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