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Microgrid Systems Engineering Training

A microgrid is a complex network with different distributed generators (DG) and loads operating to provide electrical energy for local loads.

For the average person, they just want to know that a microgrid is there and can provide backup power in case of outages involving the main grid. A systems engineer needs to know much more, including the technology involved in the major mode functions of a microgrid.

Additionally, for the systems engineer, there are no typical microgrid projects. Every client has unique needs and a very personal vision of what the finished product will look like and can do. However, there are principles common to all microgrid projects that systems engineers need to understand.

The microgrid concept was first proposed by the United States in the 1990s. Its popularity increased as a number of major power outages put an exclamation point on the need for affordable backup energy–preferably from renewable energy generation.

Today, microgrids are surging all over the planet. Nearly 600 new microgrid plans were deployed in the U.S. alone this year.

The electrical grid exists to supply electricity demand, ensuring that the two are balanced and connecting electrical supply to electrical demand with the transmission and distribution system. In practice, a microgrid works in the exact same way, just for a smaller geographic area, like a couple of buildings or a local community.

Microgrid Systems Engineering Training Courses by Tonex

Microgrid Systems Engineering Training teaches you the systems engineering approach applied to microgrids and prepares you to deal with microgrid challenges with systems engineering background. This training is developed for professionals in order to learn a microgrid in systems engineering point of view and apply systems engineering disciplines to structure a microgrid.

This course firstly introduces you to the microgrid concept as a system in systems engineering concept and elaborates the main components of microgrid as subsystems in systems engineering approaches. Moreover, it provides you a systems engineering approach to analyze, operate, and model the microgrid in real world applications.

This course covers a variety of topics in the microgrid systems engineering area such as concepts of systems engineering, concept of microgrids, systems engineering approach applied to microgrids, microgrid as a system, state the problems related to traditional power systems, microgrid as an alternative, microgrid model components, integrating the system as a microgrid, system/microgrid operation, microgrid performance, energy management in microgrids, microgrid system analysis and control, microgrid planning, organizing and managing.

By taking the Microgrid Systems Engineering Training by Tonex, you will learn about the concept of microgrids, main components in microgrids, effect of solar panels in microgrids, wind farms in microgrids, energy storage applications, and different types of loads in microgrids.

Learn about the microgrid operation by understanding two main modes of operation of microgrids named as islanded mode and grid connected operation. Learn how to control the frequency/voltage in islanded mode operation, or how to control the active/reactive power in grid connected mode.

Microgrid systems engineering course by Tonex is interactive course with a lot of class discussions and exercises aiming to provide you a useful resource for microgrid applications. You will learn more about application of energy storage in microgrids, coordination of wind farms, Photovoltaic (PV) and loads in microgrids and how to operate the microgrid in an efficient way.

If you are a professional who wants to know more about microgrids as an engineering system or need to apply systems engineering techniques to microgrids and validate your skills, you will benefit from the presentations, examples, case studies, discussions, and individual activities, which will prepare you for your career.

Learn about the control approaches applied to microgrid components, decentralized controllers, centralized microgrid control, three phase and single phase converter control approaches, primary and secondary controllers for converters and peak shaving control in microgrids.

You will also learn about energy management concepts in microgrids, performance of unbalanced/balanced microgrids, effect of uninterruptible power sources (UPSs) in microgrids and performance of grid connected/islanded microgrids.

Microgrid Systems Engineering Training will introduce a set of labs, workshops and group activities of real world case studies in order to prepare you to tackle all the related microgrid challenges.


The microgrid systems engineering training is a 4-day course designed for:

  • System engineers, system managers or product managers working on microgrids
  • Engineering managers, business analysts, or system architects of microgrid area
  • Design engineers, project engineers and industrial engineers having projects in microgrid areas
  • All professionals in microgrids
  • Non-engineers looking to understand new approaches in microgrids
  • Individuals who are looking for technical training of microgrids
  • Executives and managers who are looking to invest in microgrid area
  • Investors and contractors who plan to make investments in microgrid or renewable energy industry
  • Technicians, operators, and maintenance personnel who are or will be working on microgrid projects

Training Objectives

Upon completion of the microgrid systems engineering training course, the attendees are able to:

  • Learn basics of systems engineering and concept of system and subsystem in systems engineering
  • Understand basics of microgrids, main components, advantages of microgrids and operating principles in microgrids
  • Explain systems engineering approach in order to design a microgrid
  • Understand main components of a microgrid with their detailed performance and control
  • Explain how to integrate renewable energy sources in microgrids
  • Understand different control levels of microgrids
  • Explain different operating modes in microgrids for islanded and grid connect mode of operation
  • Learn how to control voltage/frequency or power in microgrids
  • Understand the concept of energy management system (EMS) in microgrids
  • Apply different control approaches for power electronic devices in microgrids
  • Recognize different types of loads in microgrids
  • Understand how to improve power quality in microgrids

Training Outline

Microgrid systems engineering training course consists of the following lessons, which can be revised and tailored to the client’s need:

Introduction to Systems Engineering

  • Systems Engineering Definition
  • Significance of Systems Engineering in Electrical Engineering
  • Background of System Engineering Applications
  • Concept of System in Systems Engineering
  • Notion of Subsystem
  • Components of a System
  • Required Tools for Systems Engineering
  • Purpose of Systems Engineering
  • Application of Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering Key Definitions
  • Systems Engineering Architecture
  • Engineered System
  • System’s Life Cycle

Introduction to Microgrids

  • What is a Microgrid?
  • Main Components of a Microgrid
  • Microgrid Applications
  • Microgrid Growth
  • Green Energy and Microgrids
  • Traditional Power Systems
  • Power Electronic Based Devices
  • Grid Connected Microgrid
  • Islanded Mode Microgrid
  • DC and AC Microgrids
  • Structure of Microgrids
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Centralized Microgrids
  • Decentralized Microgrids
  • AC-DC Hybrid Microgrids
  • Microgrid Stability
  • Microgrid Protection Studies

Systems Engineering Approach Applied to Microgrids

  • Basics of a Systems Engineering Approach
  • Process Overview of Systems Engineering Approach
  • Definition of System
  • Microgrid System
  • Microgrid Operation
  • Microgrid Performance
  • Microgrid Tests
  • Microgrid Manufacturing
  • Microgrid Cost and Scheduling
  • Microgrid Support and Training

Definition of Microgrid as a System

  • Definition of System
  • Elements of Microgrid as a System
  • Generation Units
  • Solar Panels
  • Wind Farms
  • Distributed Generation
  • Power Electronic Devices
  • Transmission System
  • Distribution System
  • Breaker
  • Grid
  • Loads
  • People as Elements of Microgrid System
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Facilities
  • Microgrid Policies
  • Documents
  • System Level Qualities
  • System Level Properties and Characteristics
  • System Level Performance in Microgrids

State the Problem Related to Traditional Power Systems

  • Traditional Power Systems
  • Power Plants
  • Gas Turbines
  • Fossil Fuel Based Generation
  • Fluctuation of Gas and Oil Prices
  • CO2 Emission
  • Global Warming Issue
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Expensive Expansion Cost
  • Long Transmission Lines
  • Weak AC Grid Problem
  • Low Reliability
  • Low Efficiency of Power Plants
  • Slow Dynamics of Controllers
  • High Maintenance Cost
  • Central Controller Issues
  • Single Point of Failure

Microgrid as an Alternative

  • Electricity Generation Approaches
  • Isolation from Grid
  • Autonomous Operation
  • Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources
  • Reliability Improvements
  • Countries Active in Microgrids
  • Distribution Company Microgrid
  • Single User Microgrids
  • Hybrid Microgrids
  • Multi-User Microgrids
  • Cost Development
  • Operational Challenges
  • Smart Grid Technologies
  • Utility Franchise
  • Regulations and Laws
  • Clean Energy
  • Use of Sun as a Natural Source
  • Use of Wind as a Natural Source
  • Green Energy
  • High Reliability
  • Tidal Wave Generation
  • Combination of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Distributed Renewable Resources (DERs)

Microgrid Model Components

  • Transmission Lines
  • Long Transmission Lines
  • Series Compensated Transmission Lines
  • Shunt Compensation
  • Active Filtering
  • Passive Filtering
  • Generation Sources
  • Distributed Generation
  • Solar Panels
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Unit
  • Wind Farms
  • Type 3 Wind Farms
  • Type 4 wind Generation Units
  • Offshore Wind Farms
  • Single Phase and Three Phase PV Systems
  • Power Electronic Devices
  • Three Phase and Single Phase Inverters
  • Power Electronic Switching
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
  • Dynamic Loads
  • Static Loads
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Storage Control
  • Central Controller
  • Decentralized Controller
  • Breaker
  • Grid
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Smart Meters
  • Smart Houses
  • Smart Door Lock
  • Smart Air Conditioning
  • Smart Lighting
  • Smart TVs

Integrating the System as a Microgrid

  • Integrating Single Phase PV into Microgrid
  • Integrating Three Phase PV into Microgrid
  • Integrating Wind Farms to Microgrid
  • Integrating High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission into Microgrids
  • Integrating Energy Storage into Microgrid
  • Integrating Generators into Microgrids
  • Integrating Motors into Microgrids
  • Integrating Electric Vehicles into Microgrids
  • Integrating Car Charging Stations into Microgrids
  • Integrating SCADA Unit
  • Integrating Central Controllers
  • Integrating Decentralized Controllers

System Operation/ Microgrid Operation

  • Operating Principles of Microgrids
  • Operation of Wind Farms
  • Operating Principles of Solar Panels
  • Power Flow Studies in Microgrid Operation
  • Economic Operation of microgrid
  • Operation of Energy Storage
  • Electric Vehicle Operation
  • Charging Station Operation
  • Operation of Generators/Motors in Microgrids
  • Economic Dispatch
  • SCADA Operation Principle
  • Decentralized Operation Principle
  • Centralized Operation of Microgrids
  • Operation of Power Electronic Devices
  • Voltage Source Converter Operation
  • Current Source Converter Operation
  • Uninterruptible Power Source (UPS) Operation
  • Virtual Inertia Operation in Microgrids
  • Distributed Load Operation
  • Islanded Mode Operation
  • Grid Connected Microgrid Operation

Microgrid Performance

  • Power Quality in Microgrids
  • Active Filtering Application in Microgrids
  • Passive Filtering
  • Effect of Harmonics
  • Performance of Unbalanced Microgrids
  • Analysis of Unbalanced Microgrids
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
  • Analysis of Balanced Microgrids
  • Performance of Solar Panels
  • Performance of Wind Farm
  • Wind Farms Stability Issues
  • PV Harmonic Issues
  • Performance of Balanced Microgrids

Microgrid Energy Management

  • Definition of Energy Management Systems (EMS)
  • Monitoring Devices Performance in EMS
  • Reliability of Microgrid EMS
  • Optimal Dispatch in Microgrids
  • Vendors of Energy Management Systems in microgrids
  • Microgrid EMS Policies
  • Effect of Micro Turbines in Microgrid EMS
  • EMS for Solar Panels
  • EMS for Wind Turbines
  • EMS for Energy Storage
  • Cell Tower Energy Management
  • EMS in Islanded Operation
  • EMS in Grid Connected Microgrids
  • EMS for Diesel Generation
  • EMS for UPS
  • EMS for Loads
  • Distribution Network Operator (DNO) in Microgrids
  • Market Operator (MO)
  • Local Controllers
  • Real-time Data in EMS
  • Centralized and Decentralized EMS
  • Short Term and Long Term EMS

Microgrid System Analysis and Control

  • Systems Engineering Process Overview
  • Microgrid Configuration Management
  • Microgrid Modeling and Simulations
  • Microgrid Risk Management
  • Control of microgrids in Grid Connected Mode
  • Active and Reactive Power Control
  • Control of Parallel Renewable Energy Sources
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Droop Control of Active and Reactive Power
  • Control of Microgrids in Islanded Mode
  • Control of Voltage and Frequency
  • Control of Parallel Renewable Energy Sources in Islanded Mode
  • Inner Current Control
  • Voltage Source Converter Control
  • Current Source Converter Control
  • Phase Locked Loop (PLL) Control
  • Primary Controller
  • Secondary Controller
  • Tertiary Controller
  • Hierarchical Control of Microgrids
  • Coordination of PV and Battery
  • Coordination of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Demand Response Control
  • Load Shifting Control
  • Peak Shaving Control
  • Load Shedding Control
  • PV Smoothing Control
  • Reactive Power Compensation
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Fault Ride Through in Microgrids
  • Frequency Regulation

Microgrid Planning, Organizing and Managing

  • Systems Engineering Planning
  • Systems Engineering Planning Applied to Microgrids
  • Integrating System Development
  • Contractual Considerations
  • Management Considerations in Microgrids
  • Concept of Energy
  • Microgrid Operation Planning
  • Microgrid Generation Planning
  • Microgrid Energy Management Planning
  • Microgrid Fault Ride Through
  • Microgrid Demand Response
  • Microgrid Risk Management
  • Microgrid Cybersecurity
  • Microgrid Security Studies

Hands On, Workshops and Group Activities

  • Labs
  • Workshops
  • Group Activities

Sample Workshops and Labs for Microgrid Systems Engineering

  • Microgrid Simulation Case Study
  • Application of Wind Farms in Microgrid Simulation
  • Application of Solar Panels in Microgrids
  • Voltage and Frequency Control for Islanded Mode Microgrid
  • Power Control in Grid Connected Microgrid
  • Primary and Secondary Control
  • Control of Energy Storage in Microgrid
  • Demand Response Case Study
  • Peak Shaving Case Study
  • Stability Analysis of Microgrids
  • Experiments of Faults in Microgrids
  • Single Phase and Three Phase Faults
  • Effect of Long Transmission Lines on Microgrid Stability

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