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

Semester Spring Semester 2017
Lecturers R. Bacher
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English

Catalogue data

Abstract This 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 notes Class material is continuously updated and distributed to students.
Prerequisites / Notice Numerical 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 credits 6 credits
Examiners R. Bacher
Type session examination
Language of examination English
Course attendance confirmation required No
Repetition The performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examination written 90 minutes, oral 15 minutes
Additional information on mode of examination Exam 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 aids For 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 link Information
Additional links Entso-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.


Number Title Hours Lecturers
227-0529-00 G Liberalized Electric Power Systems and Smart Grids 4 hrs
Fri 08-12 ETZ E 8 »
R. Bacher


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