Electrical Utility Communications, Applications & Smart Grid Technologies

About the Course

Name: Electrical Utility Communications, Applications & Smart Grid Technologies

Code: EEC 116

Sectors: Electrical Engineering

  Date   Days   Venue   Fees
31 Jul - 04 Aug 2022 5 Virtual $1,550 BOOK NOW
10 - 14 Dec 2022 5 Manama $3,950 BOOK NOW

Course Overview

The modernization of the Electric Power Grid, often called "Smart Grid" by its proponents, is an important goal. Efforts such as the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and the other phases of intelligent grid management are all part of the smart grid. Having better control of the power grid will improve its Reliability and Efficiency and, as applications are developed for end users, point-of-use monitoring and control of power usage will benefit utilities by reducing peak loads and benefit consumers.

In grid-automation applications, the control system forms the core of the design with the communications media being a secondary consideration that can be implemented in a number of ways. Each Technology has advantages and disadvantages and each is "best" for some circumstances. Because of the complex layout of the Power Grid and the various equipment connected to it.

Many of the Techniques used to send information to and from the Power Grid have been shown to avoid widespread Interference Problems. If an Electric Utility is implementing Grid Automation, this does not necessarily mean that there will be interference. If a utility uses a technology that does not cause interference, or if operating a BPL system runs it at the correct power levels with notching in the Amateur bands, grid automation hardware can operate without widespread interference problems. BPL can and does play a role in grid automation, especially for the in-premise part of these systems. Other media will also be used.


This Course is designed to provide a Comprehensive

Understanding of the emerging Smart Grid “Intelligent Power System”. Also it will review all aspects of the Smart Grid including definition, major components, important features and practical examples of this new technology. Instructor of the course led demonstrations will be performed by the Instructor following Selected Sections (where applicable).


Day 01

Module (01) Introduction

1.1     Defining a Smart Grid

1.2     Characteristics of a Smart Grid

1.3     Value of a Smart Grid

1.4     The Economic Case

1.5     The Environmental Case

1.6     Benefits to Utilities

1.7     Benefits to Consumers


Module (02) The “SMART” Power Grid

2.1     Power System Overview

2.2     Power System Components

2.3     Key Infrastructure Issues

2.4     Power System Protection – Traditional vs ‘Smart’

2.5     Network Blackout – An example

Day 02

Module (03) Consideration of Smart Grid

3.1     Challenges and Opportunities

3.2     Regulatory Challenges

3.3     Utility Business Model

3.4     Consumer Impacts

3.5     Cost of a Smart Grid

3.6     Government Smart Grid Stimulus

Module (04) Power Generation

4.1     Generation Fundamentals

4.2     Traditional Generation

4.3     Distributed Generation

4.4     Micro-Grid Generation

4.5     Generator Protection

Day 03

Module (05) Power Grid Interconnection

5.1     Transmission Lines

5.2     Grid Interconnection – Systems

5.3     Grid Interconnection – DGT

5.4     Transmission Line Protection

5.5     Wide Area Protection

5.6     Communication Networks

5.7     Line Current Differential protection

5.8     Instructor led Lab Exercises


Module (06) Smart Power Consumers

6.1     Saving Power/Saving Money

6.2     Smart Meters

6.3     Off Peak Demand

6.4     Load Shedding

6.5     Alternate/Green Energy Systems

Day 04

Module (07) Power Distribution  System

7.1     Distribution Systems

7.2     Smart Substation

7.3     Feeders

7.4  Transformers

7.5     Micro-Grids

7.6     Smart Grid Key Points

7.7     Commercial / Residential


Module (08) Communication Key to Smart Grid

8.1     Wide Area Networks

8.2     Information to/from Substations

8.3     Wireless Networks

8.4     Distribution Automation

8.5     AMI Networks

Day 05

Module (09) Network Security

9.1     Potential Threats

9.2     Government Regulations

9.3     Network Protection

9.4     IEC 61850 Considerations

Module (10) Smart Grid Monitoring & Control

10.1    Utility Monitoring & Control

10.2    Inter-System Coordination

10.3    Industrial Systems

10.4    Consumer/Residential

10.5    Brining it All Together

10.6    Working with The Government

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