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A Course on Renewable Integration and Smart Grid Technologies

Delve into the dynamic world of the modern electric grid, providing in-depth insights into how renewable energy sources, including hydrogen, smart technologies, microgrids, and electric vehicles, are revolutionizing power systems. Students will explore the complexities of integrating renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydrogen into the grid, understand the pivotal role of energy storage, and learn about the transformative impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning in grid management. The course covers emerging trends in electric vehicles, their interaction with the grid, and the future of sustainable transportation. With a blend of theoretical concepts and practical applications, including global case studies and examples, this course offers a comprehensive understanding of the key elements driving the grid's evolution. Taught by an expert in the field, the course is a gateway to mastering strategies for building a resilient, efficient, and sustainable power grid for the future.

Course Highlights:

  • Renewable Energy Sources: Wind and Solar
  • Energy Storage Solutions and Technologies
  • Electric Vehicles and the Grid
  • Microgrids
  • Applications of Sensors to Enhance Reliability, Efficiency and Management of the Future Grid
  • AI and ML in Grid Management
  • Digital Transformation and the Prosumer Role
  • Pricing and Rate Models for New Energy Scenarios
  • Managing Intermittency in Renewable Energy
  • Hydrogen Integration
  • The Future of the Electric Grid
  • US Net-Zero Future

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the integration challenges and solutions for renewable energy in the electric grid
  • Explore the role and advancements in energy storage technologies for grid stability
  • Analyze the impact of electric vehicles on grid demand and management
  • Learn about the different types, applications, and advances of microgrids
  • Investigate the applications of AI and ML in enhancing grid efficiency and reliability
  • Examine the digital transformation of the grid and the emerging role of prosumers
  • Assess the implications of grid modernization on sustainability and environmental impact
  • Gain insights into global trends and prospects in grid technology and renewable energy
  • Learn best practices and innovative strategies for achieving a resilient and smart grid
  • Understand the role of hydrogen in the energy transition, its methods of production, storage, and integration into the electric grid

Optional Reading: Microgrid Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Resilient and Sustainable Energy Systems by Nicholas Abi-Samra – Available on Amazon.

Course Typically Offered: Online in Spring and Fall quarters.

Prerequisite: BSE or equivalent knowledge and experience.

Next Step: After completing this course, consider taking courses in our Power Systems Engineering certificate program.

Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Course Number: ECE-40859
Credit: 4.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Power Systems Engineering