MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMES531
Course Unit DetailsMSc Sustainable Energy Systems (Electives Courses) - MSc Energy Systems and the Built Environment (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Comprehend the activities involved in the economic operation of power systems, the importance, usage and issues of short term load forecasting, as well as unit commitment.
  2. Exhibit knowledge and understanding of the activities involved in generation scheduling and control, automatic generation control, and calculation of economic dispatch.
  3. Explain the structure of electricity markets, the operation of deregulated power systems and the associated commercial operation.
  4. Define the coordination of preventive and corrective controls, the concept of security constrained dispatch, the function of on-line security analysis, static security.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

         Operation Planning and Scheduling

-       Economic operation of power systems, production control and operation scheduling.

-       Short term load forecasting, factors affecting the load prediction forecast.

-       Unit commitment, dispatch schedule, cost and efficiency improvement.

-       Short term hydro scheduling and hydro thermal co-ordination.

         Generator Scheduling and Control

-       Generation Scheduling and Control in Energy Management Systems. Conventional and future structure of generation and control.

-       Automatic generation control, turbine governor control, basic automatic generation control algorithm.

-       Economic Dispatch, Equal incremental cost method, the ‘b’ coefficient method, Environmental/economic dispatch.

         Commercial operation of deregulated power systems

-       The electricity market structures

-       Operational experiences: UK national grid system, the electricity system in England and Wales, The role of the NGC, the electricity market place-the pool, pool operation, merit order, commercial market place, operational market place, pool payment and uplift, settlement system, grid system management, operation and control of the national grid by the control centre.

-       Problems with pre-NETA (New Electricity Trading Arrangements) conditions, Introduction of NETA and transmission access considerations.

         Power System Stability

-       Introduction to power system security

-       On-line security analysis and control, static security assessment.

-       Security control and stability enhancement, security constrained dispatch, derivation of preventive actions

-       Stability enhancement, steady state stability, transient stability, voltage stability planning measures, operational measures.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Electric power planning for regulated and deregulated markets, Arthur Mazer, Wiley-interscience publications, 2007.
  • Economic Market Design and Planning for Electric Power Systems (IEEE Press Series on Power Engineering) Wiley, 2010.
  • Market operations in Electric power systems, forecasting scheduling and risk management, Mohammad Shahidehpour, Hatim Yamin Zuyi lli, Wiley-interscience publications, 2002.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO