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Energy Systems Integration: Evolution in Electricity Grids

Energy Systems Integration: Evolution in Electricity Grids

Unlocking the full potential and power of the grid.

Energy Systems Integration: Evolution in Electricity Grids

Duration: 4 weeks
Effort: 2.5 hours / week
100 €

The grid is changing. And so too are the challenges it faces. As solar, wave, hydro and wind power, distributed and variable generation plants are increasingly integrated, it is becoming imperative to understand the technical challenges as well as the possibilities facing our power systems.


This course gives you unparalleled insight into the fundamentals of power systems, from direct to alternating current, active to reactive power and more. You will explore frequency control, how active demand and storage can support the system and the future evolution of the electricity grid. And you will emerge with rock-solid understanding of the key issues at play. Drawing on the most recent energy-related research into environmental psychology, the course empowers you with everything you need to:

  • Understand the critical elements of frequency and voltage control 
  • Master the differences between power invertors and synchronous generators
  • Fully appreciate the role of storage and demand response in balancing supply and demand
  • See and respond to the need for more communication networks within the electricity grid and the increase of renewable energy sources. 

We recommend that you complete the introductory course on Energy Systems Integration as a preparation for more specialised learning.

This course is also part of a deep-dive learning path on Energy Systems Integration. It is recommended that you complete all the modules for a thorough understanding of the subject matter.

Energy Systems Integration: evolution in electricity grids

What will you learn?

Energy Systems Integration: evolution in electricity grids exposes you to the critical issues, technologies and challenges in energy systems integration and the power grid. Over 4 weeks, you pursue 6 core online lessons, rounding off with two real-world case studies that give you authentic industry examples of technical challenges paired with distributed energy systems and active demand response initiatives. Course content includes:

  • Lesson 1: An Introduction to electricity grids 
  • Lesson 2: Understanding the AC electricity grid 
  • Lesson 3: Renewable energy and distributed generation
  • Lesson 4: Energy storage and demand response 
  • Lesson 5: Information and communication technologies in the electricity grid 
  • Lesson 6: The future energy system 
  • Case study 1: Energy storage applications
  • Case study 2: Advanced energy communities
  • Conclusions, assignments and executive summary.

How will you learn?

This 4-week course is delivered entirely online to maximise flexibility and direct impact as you learn. Our innovative online platform means you don’t spend time away from the demands of work, and you can apply new ideas, concepts and understanding in the workplace from day one. Your learning experience includes:

  • Video lectures and expert interviews 
  • Self-evaluation exercises such as multiple-choice, associations or ‘fill in the blanks’
  • Relevant references that will consolidate your acquired knowledge and back your decisions after the course
  • A glossary that helps you understand technical concepts
  • A tutor with extensive experience to answer any questions you might have during the course.

Who will teach you?

The InnoEnergy consortium is a leader in sustainable energy education, and leverages the combined expertise of many of Europe’s foremost technical universities, business schools, industry experts and innovation start-ups. On this course, your faculty include:

Ben Kroposki
Center Director, Power Systems Engineering
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mark McGranaghan
Vice President, Power Delivery and Utiliation
Electric Power Research Institute

View the expert biographies

Is it right for you?

The course is ideal for you if you are a professional in the energy industry. It is also expertly designed for academics and individuals who want to deepen their understanding of energy systems integration and developments in this exciting and important field.

It is a deep dive into the technical issues, challenges and opportunities facing organisations, executives, engineers and individuals who are experiencing the transition in global energy and the challenges and opportunities of energy systems integration.


Ready to delve deeper?

It is recommended that you take Energy Systems Integration: an introduction, before taking this course, although this is not mandatory. This particular course is part of a series of specialisation courses, delivered entirely online, about systems integration from the perspective of defferent disciplines. By taking a step back and looking at energy systems as a whole, you will be able to connect the dots between your expertise and that of others, and quickly identify the knowledge and skills you need to improve yourself and step up your contribution in the transition towards a sustainable, affordable, and reliable energy system.

We strongly recommend that you complete all the modules in this learning path for a thorough understanding of the subject matter. Upon completion of all of the online specialisation modules, you will be able to attend further face-to-face sessions that have been designed to complement the online courses and give you deeper and more advanced insights. If you are a business and enjoying your learing experience with us, you can opt for even more personalised training through on-demand, bespoke corporate programmes.

Energy Systems Integration: evolution in electricity grids

Duration: 4 weeks
Effort: 2.5 hours / week

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