Course: ECE 511. Distributed Energy Generation (3)
Prerequisite: ECE 350 or equivalent background in linear signals and systems. This is a graduate level course on alternative energy resources while they are used in electric power systems. This course covers the operation principles of different distributed energy technologies such as combustion turbines, fuel cells, wind turbines, micro turbines, hybrid systems, photovoltaic systems and energy storage systems. Basics of smart grid, microgrid, distributed generators modeling, control, interconnection methods, principles of power electronic interfacing circuits, and application of each power generator will be presented and discussed. Students are encouraged to do a project on one topic related to today’s distributed energy needs and challenges.