227-0529-00L  Liberalized Electric Power Systems and Smart Grids

SemesterSpring Semester 2017
LecturersR. Bacher
Periodicityyearly course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractThis class begins by discussing the paths from monopolies towards liberalized electric power markets with the grid as natural monopoly. After going through detailed mainly transmission grid constrained market models, SmartGrids models and approaches are introduced for the future distribution grid.
Objective- Understanding the legal, physical and market based framework for transmission based electric power systems.
- Understanding the market models for a secure and market based day-ahead operation of Smart Power Systems.
- Understanding Smart Grids and their market-compatible models
- Gaining experience with the formulation, implementation and computation of constrained electricity markets for transmission and Smart distribution systems.
Content- Legal conditions for the regulation and operation of electric power systems (CH, EU).
- Modelling physical laws, objectives and constraints of electric power systems at transmission and smart distribution level.
- Optimization as mathematical tool to achieve maximum society profits and considering at the same time grid based constraints and incentives towards distributed / renewable energy ressources.
- Various electricity market models, their advantages and disadvantages.
- SmartGrids: The new energy system and compatibility issues with traditional market models and regulation.
Lecture notesClass material is continuously updated and distributed to students.
Prerequisites / NoticeNumerical analysis, basics for power system models, optimization and economics, active participation (discussions)

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersR. Bacher
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
Course attendance confirmation requiredNo
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes, oral 15 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationExam consists of two parts on different days:
Part 1) All students together during the examination session: A 90 minute written exam.
Part 2) Each student individually (15 Min. oral exam with lecturer (each candidate answers questions, alone in a room with lecturer and assistant). The oral exam is used only to improve the written exam. Written exam marks are not communicated to the students before the oral exam session.
Written aidsFor both parts, no supporting material is admitted.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkInformation
Additional linksEntso-e (former ucte) information
European Commission - Energy strategy for Europe
SFOE - (Swiss Federal Office of Energy) Swiss Electricity statistics
Only public learning materials are listed.


227-0529-00 GLiberalized Electric Power Systems and Smart Grids4 hrs
Fri08-12ETZ E 8 »
R. Bacher


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