Education

The Cullen College of Engineering proposes to start two certificate programs in the area of Power and Energy Systems (PES), which will be administered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Power Systems and Smart Grid

The Certificate in Power Systems and Smart Grid program will require students to take the following two courses:
PES 6330 Power System Analysis
PES 6332 Smart Grid Systems

In addition, students must take one of the following courses:
PES 6334 Power System Protection, Monitoring and Control
PES 6336 High Voltage Electrical Substations Design and Architecture

Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Technologies

The Certificate in Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Technologies program will require students to take the following two courses:
PES 6310 Power Electronics Converters and Control
PES 6340 Renewable Energy and Distributed Power Generation

In addition, students must take one of the following courses:
PES 6320 Transformers and Electric Machines
PES 6314 Adjustable speed Motor Drive systems

Courses

PES-6330 Power System Analysis

Power System Fundamentals. Transmission Line Parameters and Steady-State Operation. The Impedance Model (Zbus), Admittance Model (Ybus) and Network Calculations. Power Flow Analysis, Economic and Reliable Operation of Power Systems, Symmetrical Fault Analysis, Power Distribution Systems, Architecture and Composition of Industrial Power System

PES-6332 Smart Grid Systems

Basic of Smart Grid, Definition and Applications. Smart switches, Self-healing, Communication Technologies, Two-way Digital Communications Paradigm and Network Architectures, Wireless Standards (Protocols: Zigbee, WiFi, WiMax), Smart metering and Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Local Area Networks: Home network and HEN (home energy management), Wide Area Wireless mesh networking. Cyber Security Challenges. Smart Appliances and load modeling (economic view point). Electric Vehicles and Vehicle-to-Grid Systems. Distribution network reconfiguration and other intelligent distribution control methods.

PES-6334 Power System Protection, Monitoring and Control

Protection Basics; Instrument Transformers; Grounding schemes, fault detection and identification; Distribution Protection, Instantaneous overcurrent protection, Time overcurrent protection, Bus protection, Differential Protection; Protection of Transformer, Generator, and Motors. Phase Distance Schemes, Ground Distance Scheme, Supervising element, and Fault Type Selection Logic; Communication Aided Distance Protection; Line Current Differential Protection; Phasor Measurement units; Synchrophasor Vector Processor; Wide area protection.

PES-6336 High Voltage Electrical Substations Design and Architecture

Industrial substation configuration and composition; cable and busway system design, installation, protection and testing; switching apparatus fundamentals, types, calculation, design, operation, protection; capacitor switching; surge nature, insulation characteristics; system neutrals; arresters, grounding, static lightning protection; insulation coordination; substation planning, design, construction, automation, operation. HVDC and FACTS

PES-6310 Power Electronics Converters and Control

Power Electronics and applications; Review of power devices including wide band gap devices. Harmonics and power factor in non-sinusoidal systems. AC-DC Phase Controlled Thyristor Converters. DC-DC converters: Buck, Boost, and Buck-Boost converters. Flyback, Cuk, and Full bridge converters. DC-AC Inverters: Square wave, Sinusoidal, Space Vector PWM, and current regulated inverters. Introduction to Active Rectifiers, Resonant Converters, and Multi-level converters.

PES-6320 Transformers and Electric Machines

Transformers for power supplies and power distribution: Basics and operation, Equivalent circuits. Introduction to torque production in DC and AC motors. Operation, analysis, and dynamics of induction, synchronous, reluctance, and permanent magnet motors; Introduction to finite element analysis of electric machinery. Electromagnetic, structural, and thermal fields in electric machines; National Electric Code (NEC) applied in the industrial environment; standards for motors

PES-6314 Adjustable speed Motor Drive systems

Control equipment for motors and generators; motor starting. Steady state and dynamic performance of electric machines – induction, synchronous, reluctance, and PM machines. Two axis models of AC machines and AC drives. Control characteristics of electric machines and control methodologies. Direct torque and flux control and current regulated controllers. Field orientation control techniques – stator flux, rotor flux, and air gap flux orientation.

PES-6340 Renewable Energy and Distributed Power Generation

Fundamentals of Energy. Sustainability and renewable energy. Interconnection of energy and environment. Grid synchronization. Renewable energy sources and availability. Basics of hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and fuel cell systems. Power Converters and drives for energy conversion. Converters and controllers for integration of renewable energy sources. Solar and wind energy technologies and system design. Hybrid power generation systems. Grid energy storage systems. Introduction to Microgrids and energy management. Microgrids and Energy Management. Control of Microgrids.

Applicants

The targeted applicants for this program are practicing power and power electronics engineers with a minimum level of a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. Applicants with a bachelor degree in technology or a related science field will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This program serves students outside the normal Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Moreover, the successful completion of a certificate does not constitute admissions into a Master’s Degree program.

Faculty

The teaching of this curriculum will be from the faculty of ECE department and also some industry experts. Two additional faculty will be recruited in the power and energy area in 2017. However, the starting of these certification programs does not have to depend on the starting date of the new faculty. There are sufficient resources in UH and support from Adjunct faculty from industries to start this program in Fall 2017. Also, only 3 or 4 courses will be offered in any given semester. Some elective courses may be offered every other year.

Prof. Kaushik Rajashekara Director of Power & Energy Systems Program and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Expertise: Power electronics and Drive Systems, Microgrids and Renewable energy technologies.

Dr. Harish S. Krishnamoorthy Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Expertise: Power electronics, high power density converters, electric vehicles, power supply design and Microgrids.

Program Administration

The program will be administrated by Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara, Director of Power and Energy Systems and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Additional UH tenured or tenure-track faculty will be sought for consultation or advice as the program is implemented.

Certificate GPA Requirement

The minimum cumulative GPA requirement necessary to receive the proposed graduate certificate is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.