A smart grid is an electricity network that uses digital and other advanced technologies in an integrated fashion to be able to monitor and intelligently and securely manage the transport of electricity. The course covers smart grid infrastructure and the associated technologies such as smart metering, energy storage, SCADA, demand side management, artificial intelligence and cyber security etc. For a sustainable energy future, it is essential that engineers understand the role of smart grids and collaborate with each other to achieve the smart grid values. Due to the nature of the smart grid concept, the course is suitable for all engineers including electrical and electronic engineers, data communication engineers and industrial automation engineers etc.
What you will learn/gain:
The course introduces engineers to the principles of smart grids in power system application under various network conditions. The content includes smart electricity network and the role of communication in smart grid deployment, which will develop engineers’ understanding of the overall smart grid components.
The course will discuss the basic components of smart grid systems and will look into topics of smart grid regulation and market economics, communication technologies and smart transmission/distribution grids. The application of various power electronic devices and the management of energy storage, electric vehicles, demand side management and AMI will also be covered. The computation tools for smart grid design, adaptive protection, Interoperability standards and software infrastructure will be highlighted. Furthermore, students will gain a fundamental understanding of big data and cyber security in smart grids.
After covering the necessary theory, the course will introduce practical studies involving the modelling and simulation of various system conditions using appropriate software tools. Students will also gain skills in interpreting simulation results.
One topic is delivered per contact week.
Read more in the course outline.
Introduction to Smart Grids and Their Market Economics
Infrastructure of Smart Grids
Smart Transmission/Distribution Grids
Applications of Power Electronics and Energy Storage Systems
Demand Side Management and AMI
Electric Vehicles (EVs) Integration and Its Grid Impact
Measurement and Communication Technologies
Computation Tools for Smart Grid Design and Adaptive Protection
Interoperability Standards and Software Infrastructure
Artificial Intelligence in Smart Grids
Cyber Security in Smart Grids
Project and Revision
In the final week, total course contents will be briefly discussed. Students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work, to clarify any outstanding issues, and to work on finalizing the major assessment report.
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online weekly webinar. Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes a weekly pre-recorded webinar of 60 mins duration and attending a live webinar that runs for about 60 mins to facilitate class discussions and allow you to ask questions.
This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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