ENT779: Smart Grids and Active Network Devices

School Cardiff School of Engineering
Department Code ENGIN
Module Code ENT779
External Subject Code H600
Number of Credits 10
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Liana Cipcigan
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2018/9

Outline Description of Module

  • To provide students with an understanding of smartgrids and their operation.
  • To familiarise students with metering devices and active network management.
  • To introduce students to active network devices
  • To introduce students to the principles of condition monitoring of power plant.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main concepts and principles relating to smartgrids and active network devices
  • Recognise the role of smartgrids in the efficient supply of electrical energy
  • Understand network operational practices, emergency control procedures and communication technologies used in electrical power networks
  • Describe the principles of smart energy meters
  • Describe the techniques used for power quality monitoring

How the module will be delivered

24 one-hour lectures/seminars
Computer modelling tasks.

Skills that will be practised and developed

  • Apply advanced simulations and intelligent techniques to power system operation and control
  • Summarise the technologies currently in use or under development for electrical metering.
  • Report on the economics of smartgrids and active networks.
  • Provide a detailed review of power quality in electrical power systems.
  • Evaluate impact of active control devices on future network configuration and operation.
  • Plan and carry out a study relating to active network management involving computer modelling.
  • Possess practical engineering skills acquired through group project work and discussions relating to the future of electrical energy networks.
  • Demonstrate independence in reporting and analysing results.
  • Use of computer techniques to analyse and solve network problems relating to active network design and management.

How the module will be assessed

There are two components:
Coursework (short research task on smartgrids)
End of semester examination.

The module pass mark is 50%.

There is a potential for re-assessment in this module which may result in a 100% written assessment during the August Resit period.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Examination - Spring Semester 60 Smart Grids And Active Network Devices 2
Written Assessment 40 Coursework N/A

Syllabus content

Introduction to network management techniques
Communications in power networks
Introduction to Smartgrids
Active devices and their application to power system operation and control
Advanced metering and Smartmeters
Power quality monitoring

Essential Reading and Resource List

Please see Background Reading List for an indicative list.

Background Reading and Resource List

McDonald J.R., McArthur S., Burt G., Zielinski J. (Eds.), ‘Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems in Electrical Power Engineering’, Springer, 1997.

Prabha Kundur, Leonard L. Grigsby, Editor, ‘Power System Stability and Control (Electric Power Engineering Handbook)’, CRC Press, 2007.

Roger C. Dugan, Surya Santoso, Mark F. McGranaghan & H. Wayne Beaty, ‘Electrical Power Systems Quality’, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, 2003.

Mohan N., Undeland T.M. and Robbins W.P., 'Power Electronics Converters, Applications and Design', 3rd Edition, Wiley 2002.


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