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Smart Grids

Curruculum: M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering

The course analyzes, from various perspectives, the theoretical and technological developments involved by the implementation of smart electrical grids, which take advantage of the availability and synergistic utilization of distributed energy sources and storage devices connected to the electrical distribution grid and controlled by electronic means.
The students are exposed to information and concepts which are necessary to understand the smart grid potentiality, its components, the enabling technologies, and the expected short- and mid-term developments.

The course is split in various parts, taught by instructors of different disciplines, to offer an inter-disciplinary vision on the state of the art and expected developments of smart grids.
In addition to class lectures, the students will join laboratory exercises to test the main properties of the sub-systems composing a smart micro-grid.

The course is structured as follows:
1. Introduction to smart grids and residential micro-grids.
2. Electrical network architecture and regulation problems. Distributed generation, active networks, and the smart grid.
3. Electrical grid modeling.
4. Residential smart micro-grid architecture. Energy gateways and problems related to control, communication, measurement, security and safety.
5. Energy sources and power electronics interfaces.
6. Local control of distributed energy resources.
7. Distributed control of residential micro-grids.
8. Communication systems for residential micro-grids.
9. Multi-layer architecture of the smart grid and new standards. Aspects of data security and privacy.