488503S Smart grids 3: Smart energy networks, 5 ECTS

488503S Smart grids 3: Smart energy networks
Advanced course for MSc or PhD students in environmental engineering, economics or electrical engineering
5(-6) ECTS/150(175) hours of work

Language of instruction: English

Timing: Period 4 (13.3.-9.5. 2018)

Learning outcomes: The student is able to explain the concept of energy transition, and have a concept of the future of energy systems. The student can explain how different energy vectors will be integrated to achieve decarbonization. The student will also have an understading of the need for communication technologies and new market instruments. Finally, the student will be able to explain the environmental, economic and social performance of future smart and sustainable energy networks

Contents: Multidisciplinary course, offered in cooperation of the Faculty of Technology (Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit - EEE), Oulu Business School (OBS, Department of Economics) and the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE), Centre of Wirless Communication (CWC). The course will concentrate on systems level issues, such as integrating multiple energy vectors and network flow analysis. The expectation is that the energy supply structure for electricity, heat/refrigeration, gas and mobility will grow together and lead to a new structure. This will require that information and communication technology will be integrated more intensely into the energy supply system. Communication within the smart grid as well as new market instruments in smart energy systems will also be presented. In the course, we will also review the need for technologies faciliating the integration of multiple energy vectors, such as large scale storage and chemical storage. The strategic objective of smart energy networks is decarbonization by 2050. The goal of this course is to provide a vision on how to achieve this. There will be no exam, however, the students are to answer to problem questions related to the lectures and complete the exercise. The exercise will be done with a smart grid simulation software, to demonstrate the integration of different energy vectors and storage. The exercise will be done in groups.

Mode of delivery: Implemented as face-to-face teaching, visiting lectures and student presentations. The course largely relies on participatory learning, therefore, there are compulsory participation requirements. Students need to answer a minimum of 85% of the learning tasks. However, not answered learning tasks will be graded 0. The exercise and final presenation is compulsory.

Learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures 28 h, student presentations 2 h, guided exercise work 10 h, individual work 60 h, group work 50 h. For economics students an additional individual work of 25 hours.

Target group: Master’s students of environmental engineering, especially of energy and environmental engineering orientation; Master’s students in economics; Master’s students of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Doctoral students are also welcome to participate.

Prerequisities and co-requisites: Completing Smart grids 1 & 2 courses is preferred.

Study materials: Will be provided during the course by the lecturers.

Grading: The course evaluation will be based on the average grade of learning tasks (60%) and the grade of the exercise (40%). The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale, zero stands for a fail.

Persons responsible: Prof. Eva Pongrácz (EEE) and Prof. Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen (OBS).

Other lecturers: EEE: Dr. Jean-Nicolas Louis, Dr. Antonio Caló; OBS: MSc. Enni Ruokamo; CWC: Dr. Jussi Haapola, MSc. Florian Kühlenz

Other information: This course is going to be kept the first time in spring 2018. The number of students is limited to 30. This course is a 5 credit course for engineering students, but economics students gain overall 6 credits by doing a mandatory extra assignment wch corresponds to 1 credit.


Lecture times:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.15-12. Lectures will be kept in TM 113, the simulation exercise is TF 329.


Lecture subjects and lecturers:

Lecture 1 (13.3., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Eva Pongrácz: Introduction to the course, what are smart energy networks?

Lecture 2 (14.3., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Eva Pongrácz: Energy transition, the future of the energy system

Exercise, session 1 (15.3., 10.15-12, TF 329)

  • Antonio Caló: Introducing the exercise, HOMER Energy tutorial

Lecture 3 (20.3., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Florian Kühnlenz: Storage, the big picture

Lecture 4 (21.3., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Jussi Haapola: Internet of Things/ICT in smart grids

Exercise, session 2 (22.3., 10.15-12, TF 329)

  • Antonio Caló: Exercise consulting

Lecture 5 (27.3., 10.15-12, TF 329)

  • Exercise consulting

Lecture 6 (28.3., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Antonio Caló: Optimizing across multiple energy vectors

Exercise, session 3 (29.3., 10.15-12, TF 329)

  • Exercise stage 1 delviery

Lecture 7 (3.4., 10.15-12, T; 113)

  • Ari Pouttu: Coordination in the Smart Grid

Lecture 8 (4.4. 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Enni Ruokamo: Emission taxing, carbon trading and carbon leakage

Exercise, session 4 (5.4., 10.15-12, TF 329)

  • Exercise stage 2 delivery

Lecture 9 (10.4., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Aleksandr Zavodovksi: Blockchains in smart energy systems

Lecture 10 (11.4., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen: Market mechanisms now and in the future

Exercise, session 5 (12.4., 10.15-12, TF 329)

  • Exercise stage 3 delivery

Lecture 11 (17.4., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Mauri Haataja: Electro-mobility/Integrating transport in the energy system

Lecture 12 (18.4., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Mika Huuhtanen: Power-to-gas

Exercise, session 5 (19.4., 10.15-12, TF 329)

  • Exercise final consulting

Lecture 13 (24.4., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Jean-Nicolas Louis: Environmental impacts of 2050 scenarios

Lecture 14 (25.4., 10.15-12, TM 113)

  • Eva Pongrácz: Sustainability considerations

Exercise, final presentations: (TF 329)

  • 26.4., 10.15-12
  • 2.5., 10.15-12
  • 3.5., 10.15-12
  • 9.5., 10.15-12


Registration is now full.

Last updated: 27.3.2018