Postgraduate Course: Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids (MSc) (PGEE10036)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Understanding of power engineering fundamentals
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have a sound understanding of the operation of electricity distribution systems and an appreciation of the associated challenges.
- Appreciate the resource characteristics, operation, control requirements, challenges and overall impact of highly distributed, renewable energy generators.
- 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.
- Be conversant in power, data management and telecommunications aspects of smart and micro-grids.
- Understand the functionalities and the operational flexibility brought to the power system by the introduction of smart meters and power electronics.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Renewable Energy,Distributed Generation,Demand Side Management,Demand Response,Smart Grid
|Course organiser||Dr Michael Merlin
Tel: (0131 6)50 5726
|Course secretary||Ms Brunori Viola
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687