The aim of this course is to increase the understanding
of the dynamic stability phenomena in the power systems by providing practical insights into the operation of the power grid and the vital grid operator’s functions and actions. The course includes a brief review of the fundamentals of power systems and reexamines power system components including frequency and voltage concerns, control and protection of frequency load shedding (UFLS), real and reactive power flows and their control, Phasor measurement units/Synchrophasors (PMU) roles of the Independent System Operators (ISO) such as the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in the operation of the California grid. Students will review actual case studies utilizing Root Cause Analysis (RCA( of blackouts from around the globe. Details of power outages that affected millions of people in which the instructor acted as the principal investigator will be covered. Students will have access to materials used in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) certification of power system operators. Students will acquire a solid working knowledge of the physical aspects of the grid phenomena and challenges that system operators face on daily basis to avert power interruptions and widespread blackouts.
- Fundamentals of power systems and review of the power system components
- Grid frequency and voltage concerns for the grid
- Smart transmission systems including high voltage direct current (HVDC) and Flexible Alternating
- Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) applications in the grid
- Transmission system flexibility
- Phasor measurement units/Synchrophasors (PMU) and applications and Wide Area Monitoring Systems (WAMS)
- Root Cause Analysis (RNA) of blackouts from around the globe
- Impact of low (or no inertia) renewable energy on the grid stability
- Training of power system operators
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain the importance of balancing load and resources for keeping the frequency at the rated frequency (60 or 50 Hz)
- Understand the need for under-frequency protection of the synchronous generators on the grid
- Identify the nature of a frequency deviations
- Grasp the specifics of real and reactive power flows in the grid and the governing equations for power transfer
- Learn about the surge impedance loading of transmission lines and their loadability
- Realize the symptoms of voltage instability and voltage collapse
- Cognize the different parts and applications of phasor measurement units
- Perform analysis of real system investigations to the response of the grid to disturbances
Course Typically Offered: Online in Spring and Fall quarters.
Prerequisite: A BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent knowledge and experience.
Next Step: After completing this course, consider taking other courses in the Power Systems Engineering certificate program to continue learning.
Contact: For more information about this course, please email email@example.com.
Course Number: ECE-40313
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Power Systems Engineering
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3/28/2023 - 5/27/2023
This course is entirely web-based and to be completed asynchronously between the published course start and end dates. Synchronous attendance is NOT required.
You will have access to your online course on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.
Nicholas (Nick) Abi-Samra has over 35 years of experience in the power and energy field across the whole power systems value chain power generation, transmission, distribution, retail and end-use. Currently, Nick is the president of Electric Power & Energy Consulting (EPEC) and an adjunct professor with UC San Diego.
Abi-Samra has acquired a diverse background in power systems holding high-level positions at various companies including: Senior Vice President - DNV GL (Kema) Vice President - Quanta Technology Senior Manager - Smart Grid Services Senior Technical Executive - Accenture Senior Technical Director - EPRI Manager/Fellow - Westinghouse Electric Corporation Adjunct Professor - Carnegie-Mellon University Abi-Samra's industry honors include: ...Read More
No refunds after: 4/3/2023.
3/28/2023 - 5/27/2023
You will have access to your course materials on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.
There are no sections of this course currently scheduled. Please contact the Science & Technology department at 858-534-3229 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about when this course will be offered again.