Introduction to the Smart Grid
This online engineering PDH course describes these technologies in sufficient detail to show their potential for saving energy, lowering costs to the consumer, increasing security, and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.
The U.S. electric power infrastructure (the grid) will face large challenges in the next 20 to 30 years as population and associated energy demand increase, environmental regulations become more strict, and the possibility of terrorist attacks must be considered. Fortunately, we have a way forward. Federal and state policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders are coming to agree that a "Smart Grid" is not only needed but achievable. The Department of Energy lists five fundamental technologies that will make up the Smart Grid: 1) Integrated communications; 2) Sensing and measurement technologies; 3) Advanced components; 4) Advanced control methods; and 5) Improved interfaces and decision support.
This 4 PDH online course is intended for electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers concerned with the design and maintenance of the electric grid.
This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Learning how communication systems may be used to detect overloads and reroute power to prevent or minimize potential outages
- Learning how energy from virtually any fuel source can be accepted as coal and natural gas
- Learning how real-time communication between the consumer and utility can be used so consumers can tailor their energy consumption based on individual preferences
- Knowing how the power quality necessary to power a digital economy may be maintained
- Learning how resistance to attack and natural disasters may be increased
- Learning how the advance of global climate warming may be slowed
- Being aware of current DOE demonstration Smart Grid projects
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Department of Energy course document, "The Smart Grid: An Introduction" available from the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability on the DOE website.
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