Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-882R: Special Topics in Energy Systems: Microgrids and New Generation Power Systems




This course covers the changing structure of power systems with renewable energy based distributed generation. Different generators, their dynamics, impacts on the power network will be covered. Furthermore, the changing paradigm with the appearance of microgrids will be discussed. The difference between grid-connected and islanded modes of operation, changing power flow, protection and stability considerations are some of the topics that will be covered. In addition, "smart" aspect of microgrids will also be addressed as a key aspect of `smart grids`. This will include communication structure, substation communication protocols, their importance, and the pros and cons of various communication alternatives. There will be a project which incorporates use of software such as Homer or RETScreen. This will be aimed at analyzing different situations for optimal microgrid deployment. Students are expected to have had basic courses in electromagnetics and power systems.

Last Modified: 2017-10-13 4:13PM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2017
  • Fall 2015
  • Fall 2014
  • Spring 2014