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Introduction to Smart Grid


This course mainly focus on background and fundamental building blocks of smart grid with stringent emphasis on practical applications in the existing power system network. This course provides overview of smart grid and its potential in different types of power sectors such as power generation, transmission and distribution in Metro, Urban/Semi urban and remote locations of India. This also emphasizes on renewable energy source integration in present grids as well as in micro and nano grids as part of the course and explores its issues in operation, analysis, management, control, protection and monitoring. In addition to it, this further provides detailed utility level analysis in terms of energy management, network analysis and operation of renewable based smart grids.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG/PG/PhD students, Industries  and academic professionals

CORE/ELECTIVE: Core and Elective

UG/PG: UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: Basic Understanding of Power System and Power Electronics Engineering

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: State Power Transmission and Distribution Companies, DISCOMs, TRANSCOs, POWER GRID,  Private Sector: ABB,  Schneider, Siemens, etc.

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Narayana Prasad Padhy is working as a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Dean of Academic Affairs, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Roorkee, India. He received the Ph.D. degree in power systems engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India, in the year 1997. He is the National lead and Principal Investigator  of the HEAPD project under India-UK Smart Energy Grid and Energy Storage research  and D-SIDES under Mission Innovation Smart Grid International Research initiatives supported by DST, Govt. of India. His research interests are power system analysis, optimization, demand side management and smart grid. He has received the Boyscast Fellowship and the Humboldt Experienced research Fellowship during 2005 and 2009, respectively. He is also a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE) India and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) UK.

Premalata Jena is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. Shereceived the Ph.D. degree in power system protection from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India, in 2011. Her research interests include power system relaying and smart grid protection.Dr. Jena is a recipient of the Young Engineer Award, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and POSOCO Power System Award, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., India, both in 2013.


Week 1 : 
  •  Introduction to Smart Grid-I
  • Introduction to Smart Grid-II
  • Architecture of  Smart Grid System
  • Standards for Smart Grid System
  • Elements and Technologies of Smart Grid System 
Week 2 
  • Elements and Technologies of Smart Grid System-II
  • Distributed Generation Resources-I
  • Distributed Generation Resources-II
  • Distributed Generation Resources-III
  • Distributed Generation Resources-IV
Week 3 :  
  • Wide Area Monitoring Systems-I
  • Wide Area Monitoring Systems-II
  • Phasor Estimation-I
  • Phasor Estimation-II
  • Digital relays for Smart Grid Protection
Week 4 
  • Islanding Detection Techniques-I
  • slanding Detection Techniques-II
  • Islanding Detection Techniques-III
  • Islanding Detection Techniques-IV
  • Smart Grid Protection-I
Week 5 
  • Smart Grid Protection-II
  • Smart Grid Protection-III
  • Modelling of Storage Devices
  • Modelling of DC Smart Grid components
  • Operation and control of AC Microgrid-I
Week 6 :  
  • Operation and control of AC Microgrid-II
  • Operation and control of DC Microgrid-I
  • Operation and control of DC Microgrid-II
  • Operation and control of AC-DC hybrid Microgrid-I
  • Operation and control of AC-DC hybrid Microgrid-II
Week 7 
  • Simulation and Case study of AC Microgrid
  • Simulation and Case study of DC Microgrid
  • Simulation and Case Study of AC-DC Hybrid Microgrid
  • Demand side management. of Smart Grid
  • Demand response analysis of Smart Grid
Week 8 :
  • Energy Management
  • Design of Smart grid and Practical Smart Grid case study-I
  • Design of Smart grid and Practical Smart Grid case study-II
  • System Analysis of AC/DC Smart Grid
  • Conclusions

1.Smart power grids by A Keyhani, M Marwali. 
2.Computer Relaying for Power Systems by ArunPhadke 
3.Microgrids Architecture and control by Nikos Hatziargyriou 
4.Renewable Energy Systems by Fang Lin Luo, Hong Ye 
5.Voltage-sourced converters in power systems_ modeling, control, and applications by Amirnaser Yazdani, Reza Iravani"
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 07 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
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  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 6 out of 8 assignments.
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and  IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.