Events at Department of Energy Technology

Industrial/PhD Course: Smart Distribution Systems (SDS)


13.09.2021 kl. 08.45 - 16.09.2021 kl. 16.30



Professor Birgitte Bak-Jensen, Aalborg University, Denmark


Prof. Birgitte Bak-Jensen, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University
Assoc. Prof. Jayakrishnan Pillai, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University
Assoc. Prof. Florin Iov, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University
Assist. Prof. Pavani Ponnanganti, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University
Assoc. Prof. Rasmus Løvenstein Olsen, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University 

ECTS:  3.5 


The Smart Grid concept involves integration of information and communication technology from the electricity generation to the consumption sectors. The bulk of the smart grid applications take place in the distribution grids (MV and LV) where significant amounts of renewable generation and flexible demand units are integrated, distribution controls are automated, assets are monitored and proactively managed and consumers are empowered for economic and efficient use of electricity. This course covers important applications and technologies of the smart distribution systems. The technical limitations and means of increasing the hosting capacity of distributed energy resources in intelligent grids are covered. In addition, the course also includes utility practices and guidelines, dynamics of electricity market, communication technologies and case studies relevant to future power distribution systems. 

Day 1:  

  • Lecture 1: Modern Electric Power Distribution Systems (BBJ) 8:45 – 10:15 
    1. Problems seen in present and the future distribution system  
    2. Overall structure of course and introduction of the smart grid layers 
    3. Presentation of network structures and market perspectives and relations to thermal and electrical system 
    4. Overall consideration for the modern distribution system 
  • Lecture 2: Smart electric distribution systems (JRP) 10:30-12:00                     
    1. Smart grids  - System architecture 
    2. Active distribution grid benefits and challenges 
    3. Smart distribution grid projects, technologies and trends 
  • Lecture 3: Grid codes/standards - LV/MV Distribution systems (JRP) 13:00-14:30 
    1. LV and MV grid codes 
    2. Distribution grid integration guidelines for distributed energy resources 
    3. Utility practices in different countries 
  • Lecture 4: Demand response (PAP) 14:45-16:15           
    1. Types of demand response 
    2. Application of demand response in distribution grids 
    3. Case studies of demand response 

Day 2:  

  • Lecture 1: Heat pumps/Electric boilers in distribution grids (BBJ) 8:45-10:15 
    1. Heat pump and Electrical boiler basics and types.  
    2. Operation, control and flexibility  
    3. Impact on distribution grids 
    4. Aggregation and control 
  • Lecture 2: Electric vehicles in distribution grids (JRP) 10:30-12:00 
    1. Grid impact studies 
    2. Charging strategies 
    3. Grid support from EVs 
  • Lecture 3: Solar PVs in distribution grids (FI) 13:00-14:30            
    1. Technology overview 
    2. Control strategies 
    3. Grid support from PV’s  
    4. Grid impact studies 
  • Lecture 4: Operation, control and reliability of supply (FI) 14:45-16:15            
    1. Examples of operation and control methods in the smart grid 
    2. Reliability and security of supply  

Day 3:  

  • Lecture 1: ICT aspects in Smart Distribution grids (RLO) 8:45-10:15 & 10:30-12:00 
    1. ICT basics technologies and protocols 
    2. Performance and reliability 
    3. Challenges of the ICT network from a smart grid perspective  
    4. Examples  
  • Lecture 2: Simulation tool for distribution grids (JRP) 13-14:30 & 14:45-16:15 
    1. Basics of DIgSILENT 
    2. Exercises 

Day 4:  

  • Lecture 1: Simulation tool for distribution grids (JRP) 8:45-10:15 & 10:30-12:00 
    • Simulation Exercises in DIgSILENT (Continued) 
  • Written Examination (JRP) 13:00 – 15:00 


Electrical engineers and PhD students with knowledge about electrical power and energy systems. 

Form of evaluation: 

Written examination 


It will be possible for external participants to participate online. But it requires a license for Power Factory. 


6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 1.015, 9220 Aalborg East

Registration Deadline

24.08.2021 kl. 00.00

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