Smart Grid - Educational Aspects

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By Panos Kotsampopoulos and Nikos Hatziargyriou

A new IEEE PES Task Force has been formed to investigate, create, and promote the use of innovative teaching methods and material in modern power and energy systems.

By Angelique Parashis

“As the existing body of technical knowledge continues to grow exponentially, engineers and technology professionals are working hard to stay current, competent, and informed,” stated IEEE President Toshio Fukuda in his article entitled, “Let’s Focus on Continuing Education” in The Institute. “Today, technologists are seeking trusted sources to support their long-term and just-in-time learning needs, and this demand will continue to grow in the future. IEEE has a vital role to play in delivering ‘educational value’ to its members,” he continued. 

By Matthew Gomez, Adam Pham, and Manuel Avendaño

Southern California Edison Company (SCE) serves a population of approximately 15 million in a 129,500-square-kilometer service area within Central, Coastal, and Southern California, USA. SCE is building the grid of the future to support more clean energy, make way for more electric vehicles, and to protect against the impacts of extreme weather. Creating this clean energy future takes all kinds of talent and people. From craft workers to engineers, data scientists to environmental and cyber experts, and everything in between. SCE increases its talent pipeline through internships and offers these programs with the belief that learning, and development are important parts of building upcoming leaders. With COVID-19, SCE has had to work quickly to find new, innovative, and safe ways to handle its internship program.  This article provides an overview of SCE’s internship program in 2020 and discusses two recent projects led by SCE interns.

By Grigore Stamatescu, Iulia Stamatescu, Nicoleta Arghira, Ioana Fagarasan

Effective training of future smart grid technicians and engineers requires modern tools that keep up with and anticipate the growing adaption of advanced IT and automation technologies in the field. New smart grid projects require multi-disciplinary teams composed of power systems engineers, automation engineers and software engineers to handle the growing complexity and interdependence of multiple subsystems and an integrated perspective on process logic, control aspects and technology interoperability. Development of suitable educational instruments is thus required that considers this paradigm shift in increasing levels of complexity and engages the students with the learning content while allowing the means for both hands-on laboratory experimentation and remote visualization and operation in an e-learning context.

By Bálint Hartmann, István Vokony, István Táczi and, Bálint Sinkovics

The concept of smart grid is an integral part of power engineering. It is a timely task to involve it as a part of regular education as well. In parallel to technological development, concepts in the higher education are also evolving with a more emphasis on the competencies, which can be useful in work environment after graduation. The Department of Electric Power Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) has aligned the needs of required processes during the development of new smart grid related courses.

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