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About the Communications Software Development for Distributed Energy Resources Program

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Required Courses (all three are required).

Introduction to Distributed Energy Resources in the Electric GridECE-40300

Units: 3.00

$895

The nation s electrical energy generation sourcesare rapidly transitioning from large central generation plants that burn fossil fuels to distributed generation systems (often located on rooftops) tha...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Introduction to Cybersecurity in the Smart Energy EnvironmentECE-40299

Units: 3.00

$895

With increasing numbers of IoT devicesbeing connected to the internet, cybersecurity has become a vital requirement for the safe, reliable, and secure operation of those devices. Cybersecurity is espe...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Communication Installation ConsiderationsECE-40312

Units: 1.00

$295

With the passage of IEEE 1547-2018,as of 2021 nearly all Distributed Energy Resources, including solar PV, energy storage systems, and natural gas/diesel generators, will be required to communicate wi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Electives (Both courses from one of the tracks below are required)

Track I: SunSpec Modbus

Implementation of SunSpec ModbusECE-40307

Units: 3.00

$895

SunSpec Modbus™ is a set of data models and a communication protocolthat is used in electric energy generation and storage applications for in-plant, component-level, monitoring and control. Thi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

SunSpec Modbus Network Design and ImplementationECE-40310

Units: 3.00

$895

As of 2021, nearly all solar PV and energy storage invertersPower Conversion Systems will be required to support a local communication interface complying to the SunSpec Modbus standard. This interfac...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Track II: IEEE 2030.5

Designing and Installing IEEE 2030.5 Distributed Energy Resources (DER) NetworksECE-40309

Units: 3.00

$895

Due to the passage of IEEE 1547-2018,commencing 2021, many Distributed Energy Resources, including solar PV, energy storage systems, and natural gas/diesel generators, will be required to communicate ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall

Designing IEEE 2030.5 Distributed Energy Resources (DER) InterfacesECE-40311

Units: 3.00

TBD

As of 2021, nearly all Distributed Energy Resources, including solar PV+ energy storage systems and natural gas or diesel generators, will be required to communicate with utilities and system operato...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Who Will Benefit

  • Anyone seeking to enter and advance in the filed of software development, testing, IT/OT, and cybersecurity related to the field of distributed energy resources
  • Military Veterans are encouraged to apply

Military Resource

SunSpec Cyberguardians is a job placement and education program created to prepare military veteran job seekers for career opportunities in the next wave of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technology. Learn more about the program by visiting SunSpec Cyberguarians.

More Information

For more information about this program, please contact unexengr@ucsd.edu.

Conditions for Admission

It is preferred that students have a minimum of a B.S. in Computer Science, Electrical,or Mechanical Engineering. However, consideration will be given to students with equivalent knowledge and work experience.

Advisory Board

Ivana Kezic, MSE

Sr. EMS Programmer/Analyst - Grid Operations

San Diego Gas and Electric

Jan Kleissl, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Energy Resources

UC San Diego Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Nikola Milivojevic, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Suntech Drive

Dan Pickel

Director of Certification

N.A. Board of Certi Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Thomas Tansy

Chairman

SunSpec Alliance

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.