2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, July 26-29, 2021, Virtual Conference
Electric power systems courses have been traditionally offered by electrical engineering technology programs for a long time, with the main objective to introduce students to the fundamental concepts in the field of electric power systems and electrical to mechanical energy conversion. A typical electric power systems course covers a variety of topics, such as general aspects of electric power system design, electric generators, components of transmission and distribution systems, power flow analysis, system operation, and performance measures. In the last decades, electric power systems have significantly modernized alongside with requirement of improvement in system efficiency, reliability, cybersecurity, and environmental sustainability. The current modernized grid is called “Smart Grid,” which integrates advanced sensing technologies, control methods using machine learning approaches, and integrated communications into current electric power systems. Consequently, offered electric power systems courses are required to update in electrical engineering technology as well, to meet the industry needs of a workforce prepared to integrate smart grid technologies, such as advanced sensing, control, monitoring, communication, renewable energy, storage, computing, cybersecurity, etc. However, such updates of the course content are not always easy to implement due to the complexity of smart grid technologies and the limited number of instructors having knowledge of those technologies. In addition, smart grid courses should include a hands-on component aligned with the theoretical upgrades introduced in the course in the form of term projects. Such projects can be on a variety of topics, such as smart home/building, smart meter, smart distribution system, microgrid, communication infrastructure, Distributed energy resources (DERs) (e.g., rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV), wind), electric vehicle (EV), customer engagement, energy generation forecasting, load forecasting, and others. This paper will discuss the details of introducing a new course on smart grids in an electrical engineering technology program, including detailed examples of project selection.
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Original Publication Citation
Kuzlu, M., & Popescu, O., & Jovanovic, V. M. (2021, July), Development of a smart grid course in an electrical engineering technology program [Paper presentation]. 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/36961
0000-0002-8719-2353 (Kuzlu), 0000-0002-8626-903X (Jovanovic)
Kuzlu, Murat; Popescu, Otilia; and Jovanovic, Vukica M., "Development of a Smart Grid Course in an Electrical Engineering Technology Program" (2021). Engineering Technology Faculty Publications. 169.