Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.02.2020 - 19.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prof. Matti Lehtonen & Dr John Millar

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV-V (first time in study year 2017-2018)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student can explain different functions of modern electric power systems. He understands the challenges of large scale integration of variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power in energy systems and is able to suggest solutions to these challenges.


Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Wind and solar power characteristics from the power system point of view. Role of storages in energy systems. Operation of future power markets. Role of Electric Vehicles in energy systems. Demand response of HVAC loads and of residential, commercial and industrial customers. Self-healing networks. Distribution system state estimation and fault management. Automatic metering, telecontrol and network information systems and their communication solutions. PV hosting capacity of distribution grids. Prosumers and local energy management.


Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

The course aims to give a holistic understanding on smart grids including the following topics: Renewable generation variation and its modeling, various storages in energy systems, role of power-to-gas in energy systems, Electric Vehicles and their charging systems, Demand Response, self-healing networks, fault management, distribution system state estimation, monitoring and control systems, automatic meter reading systems, communication solution, power markets, prosumers and local energy management, micro grids, photovoltaic hosting capacity of power systems.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course comprises an introduction lecture and seminar presentations by the students of given topics. The students have to prepare an essay about the contents of the introduction lecture and all the seminar presentations. This essay should give a complete and holistic picture about Smart Grid. The grading is based on the following criteria:  Participation to the lectures (20%), quality of the seminar presentation (20%) and essay (60%).


Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The participation, seminar presentation and essay are graded between 0 and 5. Final grade is a weighted average of these three (20%,20%,60%).

Presentations are made in working pairs. They are ppt-presentations of 15 minutes (about 10 slides).

The essay is an individual work. It should cover whole the course content by the students own words. Essay will be submitted in MyCourses in pdf format. Typical length of the essay in 15-20 pages. 

There is no exam.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures: 24 h

Seminar presentation and Assignment writing 111 h


Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

24 h seminars. The rest of the time is preparing the presentation and the essay.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Presentation slides, journal and conference articles

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Previous years student presentations are available and can be use as a starting point. 

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

ELEC-E8422 An Introduction to Electric Energy  I-II (5 cr) or corresponding knowledge

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student has to confirm his/her participation to the course at the first lecture time.

Language class 1 English


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