ECE5886 - Smart grids - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering


Dr Behrooz Bahrani (Clayton)

Dr Kuang Ye Chow (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The Smart Grid unit provides a comprehensive knowledge about the Smart Grid and how it is to be operated and protected for improving sustainability and energy savings. The core of the unit is intelligent infrastructure for Smart Grid and its heightening vulnerability, and how to protect it effectively.

The basic economic fundamentals of power systems and conventional and renewable power generation in regulated and deregulated environment are introduced first. The basic concepts of intelligent control, application of intelligent agents in grid technology, and intelligent components commonly used in Smart Grids are extensively discussed afterward. Also included is how distribution networks adapt to intermittent energy sources (e.g. solar and wind) through the use of smart grids, emerging technologies and energy storage systems.

The unit will conclude with defining concept, design and purpose of the Smart Grid, reviewing current and relevant technologies developed, assessing its vulnerabilities to a cyber-attack, and finding effective protective mechanisms for the grid.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe fundamentals of power systems and generation
  2. design intelligent power systems using grid technology
  3. analyse operational considerations of the Smart Grid
  4. identify security risks to Smart Grids and protective measures to ensure system integrity and supply reliability
  5. describe the required changes in power distribution networks and energy storage systems to accommodate intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar.


Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours tutorials/labs/literature reviews and 7 hours of private study per week

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