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Electrical, Renewable Energy, Power, DCS

Renewable Energy Integration


This course focuses on incorporating renewable energy, distributed generation, energy storage, thermally activated technologies, and demand response into the electric distribution and transmission system.
The solar power and wind turbines approaches are being used to conduct integration development and demonstrations to address technical, economic, regulatory, and institutional barriers for using renewable and distributed systems. In addition to fully addressing operational issues, the integration also establishes viable business models for incorporating these technologies into capacity planning, grid operations, and demand-side management.
Electric utilities are increasingly tasked with meeting Renewable Portfolio Standards and are looking to generate power from wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass sources. But integrating the power from such renewable sources into the grid can be a daunting challenge

Targeted Groups:

  • Electrical engineers
  • Electrical supervisors
  • Power engineers
  • Managers in-charge of electrical installations
  • Project engineers

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the grid flexibility to renewable energy integration
  • Determine the various types of renewable energy
  • Explain the different types of solar panels
  • Analyze the common types of wind farms
  • Understand the various type of energy storage systems
  • Reduce carbon emissions and emissions of other air pollutants through increased use of renewable energy and other clean distributed generation
  • Increase of asset use through integration of distributed systems and customer loads to reduce peak load and thus lower the costs of electricity

Targeted Competencies:

  • Supporting the achievement of renewable portfolio standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Enhancing the reliability, security, and resiliency from microgrid applications in critical infrastructure protection and highly constrained areas of the electric grid
  • Reductions in oil use by enabling plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) operations with the grid
  • Emphasis on wind power, solar power, and energy storage systems

Course Content:
Unit 1: Renewable Energy Generation - The Present, The Future, and The Integration Challenges:

  • Drivers of renewable energy development
  • State of the art integrating large capacities renewable energy
  • Transmission and operation technologies and practices
  • Wind power generation
  • Photovoltaic power generation
  • Concentrated solar power generation

Unit 2: Technical Solutions for Integrating Large Capacity Renewable Energy:

  • Wind turbines
  • Grid friendly renewable energy generation
  • Improved flexibility in conventional generation
  • Transmission expansion developments
  • Promising large-capacity electrical energy storage technologies
  • Roles of electrical energy storage in renewable energy integration
  • Standards for large-capacity electrical energy storage renewable energy integration

Unit 3: Grid Flexibility - The Key to Renewable Energy Integration:

  • Effects of wind and solar power on energy demand
  • Power plant flexibility
  • Forecasting and demand response
  • Wind and solar power variabilities
  • Challenges variable renewable energy poses to the grid
  • Impact of fossil-fueled generators

Unit 4: Integrating Renewable Energy into the Transmission and Distribution Systems:

  • Approach to the analysis of integrating renewable energy
  • Integration of distributed and renewable energy generation
  • Power quality impacts
  • Electrical transmission and distribution systems
  • Photovoltaic optimization and sensitivity analysis
  • Wind optimization and sensitivity analysis

Unit 5: Renewable Energy Integration in Smart Grids and Micro Grids:

  • Smart grid attributes
  • Merits of smart grids
  • Operation of microgrids
  • Merits of microgrids
  • Future of smart microgrids