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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5516M Smart Grid Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Petros Aristidou

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces students to the concepts behind future sustainable electricity systems with increased penetration of distributed microgenerators.


To provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the issues relating to the integration of distributed generators (including renewable sources), their control and protection methods, and tools to analyse their impact to the grid.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Understand the basic planning and operation aspects of power systems;
- be able to perform basic power flow and fault calculations and analyse the steady state operation of systems with distributed generators;
- be able to analyse basic case studies concerning the integration of distributed generators, understand the technical challenges, and provide solutions;
- be able to use computer tools to analyse the performance of systems with grid-connected microgeneration and make practical demonstrations.


- Power system structure and operation: Description of power system structure, mathematical modelling of basic components, and analysis techniques. Fundamentals of grid operation, voltage and frequency control;
- Power flow analysis: formulation of the power flow problem (number of equations and variables, bus classification, etc) and popular solution techniques (Newton-Raphson, DC power flow);
- Fault analysis and protection: modelling of networks under fault, symmetrical fault calculations, asymmetrical fault calculations, basic protection techniques (voltage, frequency, islanding, etc.);
- Intelligent solutions for power quality correction and power flow control: FACTS devices, control of distributed generators through ICT.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class51.005.00
Private study hours125.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading lecture notes and textbook(s);
- Practice tutorial questions;
- Practice test questions and revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored during the lab work and submission of the report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentProblem Sheet 15.00
In-course AssessmentProblem Sheet 25.00
In-course AssessmentProblem Sheet 35.00
Practical ReportLab Report (mini project)20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)35.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)65.00

Re-sits for ELEC modules are subject to the rules in the School's Code of Practice on Assessment. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a re-sit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 24/08/2018


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