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Unit Overview


This unit covers the theory and standards relevant to the design and analysis of smart grids and microgrids. It provides working definitions, functions, design criteria, tools and techniques, and the technology needed for building grids. Additionally, this unit provides a working guideline for the design and development of smart grids and microgrids. It incorporates all the essential factors of smart grids and microgrids appropriate for enabling the performance and capability of power systems.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the fundamentals of micro-grids and smart grids; (2) understand working principles of micro-grid components and micro-grid operation; (3) develop familiarity with micro-grid standards; (4) comprehend applications of micro-grids; (5) understand control and communication methods in micro/smart grids; (6) analyse energy management in smart grids; (7) understand the role of smart metering in micro/smart grids; (8) develop and understand the importance of cyber security for micro/smart grids; and (9) demonstrate professional engineering skills and abilities when working in teams.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories and assignment; (2) project presentation; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Xinan Zhang
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
or BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and ELEC3016 Power and Machines )
Advisable prior study
ELEC3016 Power and Machines
or ENSC3016 Power and Machines
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours
practical classes: 12 hours
labs: 9 hours
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