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Part I The Basic of Smart Grid and Grid-Connected Systems

The module discusses the international and national development towards the future’s renewable electric energy system, and the concept known as smart grid. The starting point is the understanding the benefits, characteristics, and pillars of smart grids. The module gives a basis to understand the role of energy storage system, active network management, optimal power flow and voltage control techniques. The module provides the students/trainees with basic knowledge about the uncertainty in power system and the use of Hardware-in-Loop simulation for testing smart grid components.

Part II Technological Innovation on Smart Grids and Renewable Energy Sources

This Module covers technical characteristics of the smart grid, developing smart grids for a low-carbon future, microgrids and distributed energy future.  Innovative renewable energy sources, Introducing the concepts of various components of the smart grid, and smart generation (resources and potentials) including renewables energy resource (wind & solar), and energy storage systems, Substations in Smart Grids, test technologies for the smart grid, for the smart grid, Data acquisition systems for Smart Grids, Dispatching center and energy management in Smart Grids.

This Module will discuss the energy policies, the importance of them to meet the economic and environmental goals, their requirements and challenges, and how they control the energy market toward the renewable energy. Energy policies from different countries will be studied during this module to allow the students to compare and evaluate their goals and their achievements.

Electric power systems are becoming increasingly complex in nature due to the integration of distributed energy resources. This module covers introduction to power system protection, which is a branch of electrical power engineering that deals with the protection of electrical power systems from defining the faults through the isolation of this fault. The objective of a power system protection is to keep the power system stable by isolating only the components that are under fault, whilst leaving as much of the network as possible still in operation. Thus, protection schemes must apply a very pragmatic and pessimistic approach to clearing system faults. The protection devices that are used to protect the power systems from faults.

This module includes seven chapters: The first chapter introduces the fundamentals of power system protection. Then, the system earthing will be studied in chapter 2. After that, the components of protection system will be explained. The coordination and management of the protection devices will be presented in chapter 4. In the fifth chapter, the methods of protection of power system components will be reviewed. The protection of distribution/transmission networks will be explained in chapter 6. Finally, IEC 61850 standard will be presented, and its application will be also explained.

This module aimes at introducing the concept of distritution automation.  It will tackle distribution automation from two angles.  The first one consists of explaining  distribution automation from the low voltage grid side.  From introducing the history of the grid low voltage distribution automation, to reviewing all the components and devices that render grid distribution automated.  Various senarios will be introduced to familiarize the reader with the advantages of automating the distribution side of the grid.  In the second angle the reader will be introduced to home/building automation, a series of laboratories with low cost of the shelf components readily available will be available for the reader to exerice to give him/her an idea on how one can make a home benefit from automation.

Part I ICT for Smart Grids

The module introduces communications technologies to mainly power engineering students/trainees, and also, SCADA systems including its components and related energy management systems. It presents a background overview of the different communications techniques with their respective challenges related to the propagation channels and the deployment scale. Then, a more detailed presentation of the different communications tools and techniques that will be used in the smart grid context, such as power line communication (PLC), wireless sensor networks (WSN) and 4G/5G Mobile Networks. In addition, SCADA fundamentals are presentation with an overview of the energy management system for control centers. Finally, it presents distribution automation and distribution management (DA/DMS) systems including its framework and application functions. Some laboratory tasks will be done on Matlab in order to get in touch with the performance of the different techniques and challenges that can be faced on a real deployment scenario, where a large number of sensors and collected data will play a major role on the selected techniques

Part II Cyber Security for Smart Grids

This part is mainly including the following topics:

  1. Cybersecurity and privacy.
  2. Computation challenges in the smart grid/renewable energy.
  3. Distributed approaches to data processing in the grid.
  4. Large data sets: modelling, analysis, communication, compression, storage, and security.
  5. ICS and SCADA are playing a vital role in smart grid infrastructure.

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