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Sustainable Energy and Society (Dr. Betty Lise Anderson)

Participants will learn how to realistically estimate the energy obtainable from solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and other sustainable sources. Compare that to the amounts we use for transportation, heating and cooling, growing food, and making stuff. We'll also discuss nuclear, clean coal, and other energy sources. You will be able to critically evaluate claims in the press. Can we satisfy our energy needs with sustainable resources? At the end of this course, you will have an idea of what it will take, and be able to participate knowledgeably in the ongoing energy debate.

Power Systems and Renewable Energy Resources (Dr. Jin Wang, Dr. Longya Xu, Dr. Mahesh Illindala, Dr. Don Kasten)

An introduction to electrical energy systems; history, current trends, renewable and nonrenewable resources, rotating machines, transformers and power electronic applications, smart grid initiatives. The first half of the short course will focus on an overview of power systems and smart grid related challenges whereas the second half of the short course will focus on detailed technical issues faced by solar and wind energy.

Power Electronics Devices, Circuits and Applications (Dr. Jin Wang, Dr. Longya Xu)

This short course is specifically targeted at engineers interested or working in the area of energy conversion and utilization in power systems and vehicular systems. The short course content focuses on the fundamentals of power electronics, covering converter/inverter circuits, magnetic and capacitive components, power switching devices, PWM methods, control strategies, and applications of power electronics devices and circuits in the integration of renewable energy sources and electrification of transportation.

Semi-Conductor Power Devices (Dr. Siddharth Rajan)

This course will provide a basic introduction to topics including basic semiconductor physics, PN junction diodes, PIN diodes, solar cells and light emitting diodes, and silicon power switching transistors - FETs and IGBTs.

Prep Course: Communications for Smart Grids (Dr. Eylem Ekici)

This course will cover general principles of communication and networking with a focus on their applicability to Smart Grids and power networks. The course will start with an overview of the traditional networking and communication architectures, software, and hardware systems for communications. Then, the use of existing solutions in Smart Grid and power network architectures will be discussed in detail with an eye towards meeting the requirements of these systems. Throughout the course, case studies and example of communication solutions for power networks and Smart Grids will be presented.

Advanced Power Electronics for Utility Applications (Dr. Jin Wang, Dr. Longya Xu)

This short course is specifically targeted at engineers from electric power utility companies and associated equipment manufacturers. The course will start with a review of high power, high voltage power electronics devices and circuits and then focus on advanced static VAR compensation, system stability enhancement, harmonic minimization, etc.

Electric machines in modern day energy systems (Dr. Longya Xu, Dr. Don Kasten)

This course will cover the basics of rotating machines. The relationships between mechanical energy, magnetic energy and electrical energy associated with rotating machines and how these relate to the steady operating characteristics will be presented. Application of generators and motors in electric power systems will be discussed. Machine control and variable speed operation of rotating electric machines will also be covered.

Advanced Communications for Smart Grids (Dr. Eylem Ekici)

Building upon the prep course by the same name, advanced communication and networking solutions for Smart Grids will be introduced in this course. The course will first highlight advanced requirements of Smart Grids and the points where existing communication and networking solutions fail to meet them. Then, network design principles (ad hoc, optimization-based, model-based) will be discussed, emphasizing their advantages and shortcomings individually. The course then covers different analytical models for wired and wireless networking solutions, and their use in network design for Smart Grids.

Field Implementation of Smart Grids: AEP GridSmart Activities (Mr. Tom Weaver, Mr. Paul Thomas)

Electric utilities are applying technology on the distribution system to improve reliability and energy efficiency. Distribution operators will have near real time information about the performance and conditions of the system and will have remote control of devices. The system will utilize automation to minimize the number of customers affected by outages and to reduce the amount of energy used by customers without reducing their level of service. This course will provide insight into the design and operation strategies for present and future smart grid applications. Energy storage related to smart grid applications will also be discussed.

High Voltage Engineering w/ Laboratory (Dr. Jin Wang, Dr. Don Kasten)

The high voltage short course is specifically designed for engineers and technicians from electric utility companies. The purpose of the course is to provide opportunities for the utility personnel to observe and enhance their understanding of the mechanisms of high voltage phenomena in a controlled testing environment. The course will cover safety aspects and practices in the lab, high voltage measurement techniques, flashover along insulators, insulation material breakdown, corona, and electric field effects.