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Postgraduate Course: Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids (MSc) (PGEE11173)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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. 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.

Working in small groups, students deliver a small project on one of the topics covered in the course.
Course description Indicative list of topics covered:
Distributed generation: basic concepts and challenges
Renewable energy sources
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
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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 enery 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.
Reading List
Smart Grid: Fundamentals of Design and Analysis-International Edition: James Momh, Wiley
Smart Grid: Technology and Applications: Janaka Ekanayake et al, Wiley

Integration of distributed generation in the power system - Wiley
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDistributed generation,Renewable Energy,Demand Side Management,Demand Response,Smart Grid
Course organiserDr Michael Merlin
Tel: (0131 6)50 5726
Course secretaryMrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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