Course Context. This course is an elective course within the Urban Systems Pillar in the new Applied Science Professional Master’s Program. The course provides an introduction to the North American power system infrastructure. It explores system-level issues surrounding grid integration of renewables and other emerging technologies.
The course material includes a comprehensive exposition of current pervasive renewable-based electricity generation technologies. Emphasis is placed on system-level problems, solutions, and advancements related to individual technologies as well as their role in the grid infrastructure. The course provides students an integrated perspective on planning issues broadly surrounding the integration of renewables, aimed at environmentally friendly energy production and consumption.