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Electrical, Renewable Energy, Power, DCS

Smart Grid for Non-Engineers




Introduction:

Consumers are demanding for safe, secure and reliable grid system, with the introduction of systems digitalization the demand for smart grid is no exception. A smart grid is an intelligent automated system for monitoring the flow of electricity and making the distribution of electricity more efficient. In a world where protecting the environment is a major concern, it is important to find cost-effective ways of reducing power usage and increasing energy independence.

A smart grid includes the utilization and production of renewable energy. Consumers now have a choice to generate their electricity for personal consumption, and an excess of electrical energy can be sold to the local utilities supply companies. This can be achieved by installing smart meters on the premises. Smart grids possess demand response capacity to help balance electrical consumption with supply, as well as the potential to integrate new technologies to enable energy storage devices and the large-scale use of electric vehicles.

Targeted Groups:

  • Non-engineers
  • Administrative personnel
  • Safety officers
  • Maintenance technicians
  • The general professional public

Course Objectives:

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

  • Understand the role and benefits of a smart grid
  • Determine the various types of renewable energy
  • Explain the different types of solar panels
  • Analyze the common types of wind farms
  • Design and components of a smart home

Targeted Competencies:

  • The conventional power grid system
  • Smart grid blueprint and characteristics
  • Types of renewable energy
  • Wind turbines
  • Photovoltaic cells

Course Content:
Unit 1: Conventional Electrical Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Process:

  • Differences between alternating current and direct current
  • Common electrical units’ power, voltage, current, power factor and frequency
  • Types of generation of electrical power system
  • Transmission and distribution of electric power
  • Domestic electrical system
  • Industrial electrical system

Unit 2: Types of Renewable Energy:

  • Wind turbines
  • Construction and operation of wind farms
  • Solar panels
  • Construction and operations of photovoltaic cells
  • Biomass energy
  • Geothermal energy

Unit 3: Introduction to Smart Grid:

  • What is the smart grid?
  • Smart grid attributes
  • Characteristics of a smart grid
  • Smart grid blueprint
  • Smart grid best practices
  • Smart grid and microgrid

Unit 4: Smart Homes and Consumer Engagement:

  • Concepts of a smart home
  • Merits of a smart home
  • Characteristics of a smart home
  • Introduction of smart meters
  • Consumer engagement in a smart grid system
  • Smart grid integration with the power grid

Unit 5: Energy Storage Systems and Smart Sensors:

  • Types of energy storage system
  • Importance and merits of battery systems
  • Smart grid sensors and appliances
  • Safety features
  • Smart electric vehicles