Smart Energy Laboratory (SEL)
Computational Intelligence Applications (CIA) Laboratory

Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington

Electric Energy Essentials

Many managers and technical professionals in the electric power industry do not have a background in electrical power technology. They need to be conversant with the details of power system components and networks as well as operational issues such as economics and stability.

The Electric Energy Essentials course provides participants with an overview of the electrical power network and its operation. The scope begins with the history of the development of electric power and continues through energy resources, network components and system operation. Specifically, following explanation of the fundamentals of three-phase AC power, the course discusses energy resources, including renewable resources, and power generation along with environmental impact. Electric power networks, as interconnections of components and customers, are then discussed along with the issues of power quality and safety. The course concludes with operational issues of network control, blackout avoidance and modern deregulated networks.

Target Audience

Managers and Staff, who are not directly involved in the day-to-day operation of the electrical power system, but may need to make informed decisions relating to the energy industry.
For Engineers who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the electrical power system, a five-day course, titled: Power Network Essentials is offered to meet such requirements.

 Course Topics

History of Power System
Alternating Current and Three-Phase Power
Energy Resources Including Environmental Impact
Power Plants and Renewable energy
Electric Safety and Power Quality
System Networks
System Control
Interconnection Failures and Blackouts
Deregulation and Power Transmission
Future Trends in Power Systems