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ES97A - Operation and Control of Power Systems

  • Module code: ES97A
  • Module name: Operation and Control of Power Systems
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to present the current (advanced) technologies and trends in development that will shape future electrical power systems. The students will gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the construction, operation and control principles of power systems. They will learn advanced analytical skills for examining different modes of operation in complex systems. The content includes the following main elements: - Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electrical Power - Balanced and Unbalanced 3-Phase Systems - Load Flow Analyses - Fault and Stability Analyses of Power Systems - Power System Protection Concepts and Techniques - Operational Security Control - Benefits and Limitations of Wide Area Measurement (WAM) - Effects and Management of Distributed Generation - Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) and High Voltage DC (HVDC) Transmission Technologies - Power Quality Monitoring and Management - Renewable Power Penetration and Grid Code Requirements - The Role of Energy Storage and the Development of Relevant Technologies - Smart Grids

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the complex operation and control of modern power systems, of the constitution of current and future generation power systems, of load flow, of stability and faults in current generation and of future power systems, including frequency and voltage control. • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of power quality monitoring and control • Evaluate the effectiveness of using wide area measurement systems • Critically assess the effects of future renewable penetration and distributed generation, and the ability to apply advanced control techniques

Timetabled teaching activities

25 x 1 hours of Lectures 2 x 1 hour of examples classes 2 x 1 hour revision classes 2 x 2 hours of supervised laboratory sessions 1 x 2 hours industrial visit 1 x 1 hour industrial lecture Total 36 hours

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Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples) and past examination questions.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES97A-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Laboratory Quiz 1 5%
  Laboratory Quiz 2 5%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 90%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Energy and Power Engineering (H642) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0) - Year 2