This course covers the changing structure of power systems with renewable energy based distributed generation. Different generators, their dynamics, impacts on the power network will be covered. Furthermore, the changing paradigm with the appearance of microgrids will be discussed. The difference between grid-connected and islanded modes of operation, changing power flow, protection and stability considerations are some of the topics that will be covered. In addition, "smart" aspect of microgrids will also be addressed as a key aspect of
smart grids. This will include communication structure, substation communication protocols, their importance, and the pros and cons of various communication alternatives. There will be a project which incorporates use of software such as Homer or RETScreen. This will be aimed at analyzing different situations for optimal microgrid deployment. Students are expected to have had basic courses in electromagnetics and power systems.
This course is currently being offered.