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Microgrid Design Online Course Pilot

Started Aug 24, 2020

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Full program description

Start:

August 24, 2020

Duration:

8 weeks

Location:

Online

Price:

Free


 

About this program:

This pilot course is intended for a select group of United States military-affiliated students who are looking to expand their skillsets in microgrids and advanced power systems. Students will gain an understanding of microgrid concepts and definitions, microgrid design, microgrid power engineering, and system integration through video lectures, learning activities, additional resources, and knowledge assessments. The curricula is structured into short, standalone content blocks called microcourses. Each should take 2-3 hours to complete.


Learning objectives by microcourse:

Microgrid Concepts and Definitions
  • Define a microgrid
  • Compare microgrids to traditional power system infrastructure
  • Identify and describe microgrid components
  • Summarize the microgrid design process
  • Understand the data required to make informed decisions in the microgrid design process
  • Distinguish inputs and outputs for each step in the microgrid design process
Motivations for Microgrids
  • Identify the motivations for microgrids
  • Describe example use cases for on-grid and off-grid microgrids
  • Identify challenges to meeting the demand for microgrids
Stakeholders in the Microgrid and Electric Power Industry
  • Identify stakeholder roles in the microgrid industry
  • Evaluate ownership and operation models for microgrids
  • Identify policies and regulation pertaining to microgrids
  • Identify primary forms of financial agreements for microgrids
On-grid Microgrids
  • Compare the benefits of a microgrid to other forms of centralized and distributed technologies
  • Identify the essential characteristics fo an on-grid microgrid
  • Differentiate between grid following and grid forming
  • Describe microgrid operation strategies and compare differences between them
  • Identify physical security and cyber security weakness and remediation strategies
  • Understand the difference between a microgrid and a virtual power plant
  • Identify opportunities and challenges for on-grid microgrids
Off-grid Microgrids and Mini-grids
  • Identify the essential characteristics of an off-grid microgrid
  • Describe the benefits of off-grid microgrids and their associated value propositions
  • Identify opportunities for off-grid microgrids and mini-grids
  • Describe off-grid microgrid operation strategies and compare differences between them
Microgrid Metrics
  • Identify key technical, financial, and environmental considerations when evaluating microgrids and energy solutions
  • Examine the interdependencies of technical, financial, and environmental metrics in relation to microgrid design
  • Justify a microgrid design based on key metrics
  • Identify the relationships of environmental and social metrics to other metrics in the microgrid design process
  • Evaluate a microgrid design against key environmental and social metrics
Introduction to Optimization
  • Understand when optimization is used
  • Identify the different classifications of optimization problems
  • Recognize the three main optimization methods and when each are used
  • Identify microgrid and energy system problems that optimization can solve
Asset Selection and Sizing
  • Understand guidelines for selecting and sizing energy assets in a microgrid project
  • Understand contractual agreements that affect selecting and sizing of energy assets
  • Understand optimization methods for selecting and sizing energy assets in a microgrid project
  • Understand the general cost breakdown of microgrid projects
Unit Commitment and Economic Dispatch
  • Understand the definition of unit commitment
  • Formulate objective function and constraints for a unit commitment optimization problem
  • Understand the definition of economic dispatch
  • Formulate objective function and constraints for an economic dispatch optimization problem
Power Flow and Network Topology
  • Understand the difference between levels of power systems
  • Compare single-phase vs three-phase configuration
  • Describe Wye and Delta connections and their use cases
  • Define types of power system analysis
  • Summarize the use case for each type of power system analysis
  • Construct a power system analysis
  • Learn about tools for power system analysis
  • Assess convergence issues in a power flow analysis
Practical Problems
  • Understand methods to improve power factor
  • Understand the effect of harmonics on power systems
  • Analyze methods to improve voltage regulation
  • Understand the effect of transmission line length on voltage regulation
Introduction to Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Identify potential electrical hazards in a workspace and methods of mitigation
  • Determine appropriate personal safety equipment required for working situations
Integration
  • Understand microgrid integration processes through a specific use case
  • Identify common DC and AC solar + solar storage system components
  • Demonstrate connection and measurement of DC sources to a common bus
  • Demonstrate connection and measurement of AC sources to a common bus
  • Understand how to verify outputs from a solar inverter
  • Understand basic verification testing for individual microgrid components
  • Recall microgrid stead-state operation and transition modes
  • Understand basic verification testing for microgrid operating states

Suggested pace for completion:

The Online Microgrid Design Course Pilot will take place over 8 weeks between August 24, 2020 - October 18, 2020. You can complete the course at your own pace within that time, however we suggest the following week-by-week schedule:

Week 1 Suggested Course Completion Learner Time Commitment
(including study time)
Week 1 Microgrid Concepts and Definitions; Motivations for Microgrids 2 hours
Week 2 Stakeholders in the Microgrid and Electric Power Industry; On-grid Microgrids 2 hours
Week 3 Off-grid Microgrids and Mini-grids 2 hours
Week 4 Microgrid Metrics 3 hours
Week 5 Introduction to Optimization; Asset Selection and Sizing 2 hours
Week 6 Unit Commitment and Economic Dispatch; Power Flow and Network Topology 2 hours
Week 7 Practical Problems 1 hour
Week 8 Introduction to Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Integration 2 hours


Course pilot study:

Prior to receiving access to enroll in this course series, you have have been asked to complete the pilot study consent form available here. If you have not already signed this document please fill it out now to inform researchers of your consent to participate.

As a part of this pilot study, you will be asked to complete feedback forms at the beginning of the course series and after the course series. You will also be provided a short form for feedback after each microcourse. Your participation in this feedback process provides researchers with valuable information regarding curricula effectiveness and areas of improvement.

 

Meet the instructors


Dr. Nathan Johnson - Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU

Director, Leaps ASU

Dr. Nathan Johnson is an Associate Professor in The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. His work translates academic research to deployment for projects in the areas of energy access, grid modernization, microgrids, and critical infrastructure. Dr. Johnson is also Director of the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS) that creates technical and business solutions that facilitate the global transition to a resilient low-carbon economy. He is an active educator with training and workforce development programs inside and outside the university. Before joining ASU, he worked in product development and business development for the energy sector with projects across 15 countries. He also helps start and advise businesses.


Dr. James Nelson - Director of Technology and Innovation, LEAPS ASU

Dr. James Nelson is the Director of Technology and Innovation for the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS) in The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He has attained his BSE in Mechanical Engineering, PSM in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization, and a PhD in Systems Engineering all at Arizona State University. Through his work, James designs, models, optimizes, builds, and tests energy solutions to address challenges around the world. This work includes applied engineering projects to fully realize the potential of academic research through commercialization and facilitate the global transition to a resilient low-carbon economy.


Alexander Mobley - Testbed Manager, LEAPS ASU

Alexander Mobley is a USAF veteran with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering pursuing his master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Gifted Education). His current role as Testbed Manager for LEAPS includes responsibilities such as space capacity development, safety review and approval, testing plan development, design and fabrication management, parts ordering, budgeting, and personnel management of student workers. Mr. Mobley has co-led several hands-on workshops and boot camps training over 120 veterans, students, and industry personnel in microgrid solutions, and personally developed over 15 hours of training content for interactive lessons including simulation-based design and hands-on technology evaluation.


Shammya Saha - Engineer, LEAPS ASU

Shammya Saha is currently pursuing a PhD degree in electrical engineering with Dr. Nathan Johnson at the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions at Arizona State University. He received a BSc. degree in electrical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2014. His current research is focused on cyber-security of inverter dominated distribution power networks, synthetic distribution feeder generation, and application of blockchain for transactive energy management.