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Postgraduate Course: Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids (MSc) (PGEE10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces existing and emerging power engineering technologies in the areas of distributed energy resources (DERs) and the smart grid, from concept and basic theory to real-world applications. It covers distributed renewable generation including wind, solar and hydro plants, various energy storage technologies as well as the impact of modern loads such as electric vehicles, heat pumps and LED lighting on the power system. It introduces the concepts of load management, demand response and active network management. The basic principles and roles of power electronics in distribution and transmission networks are explained. Finally, it gives a holistic overview of the constituent technologies of the smart grid, including power network components, control, information and communications technologies and smart metering.
Course description Indicative list of topics covered:

Distributed generation: basic concepts and challenges

Renewable energy sources

Power electronics in distribution and transmission networks

Modern load characteristics, modelling and behaviour

Demand-side management and response

Modern power network components and topologies for control

Active network management and intelligent control of power systems

Power, information management and telecommunications aspects of smart grids


Smart metering

Energy Storage
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesUnderstanding of power engineering fundamentals
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a sound understanding of the operation of electricity distribution systems and an appreciation of the associated challenges.
  2. Appreciate the resource characteristics, operation, control requirements, challenges and overall impact of highly distributed, renewable energy generators.
  3. Have a good understanding of the characteristics of modern electrical loads as well as energy storage technologies and the impact of increased penetration of such technologies in distribution systems.
  4. Be conversant in power, data management and telecommunications aspects of smart and micro-grids.
  5. Understand the functionalities and the operational flexibility brought to the power system by the introduction of smart meters and power electronics.
Reading List
Smart Grid: Fundamentals of Design and Analysis-International Edition: James Momh, Wiley

Smart Grid: Technology and Applications: Janaka Ekanayake et al, Wiley

Bollen, Math HJ, and Fainan Hassan. Integration of distributed generation in the power system. Vol. 80. John wiley & sons, 2011.

Huggins, Robert Alan. Energy storage. Vol. 406. New York: Springer, 2010.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsRenewable Energy,Distributed Generation,Demand Side Management,Demand Response,Smart Grid
Course organiserDr Michael Merlin
Tel: (0131 6)50 5726
Course secretaryMiss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532
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