Overview

Electrical power engineering (EPE) is an important and vital discipline for widespread integration of renewable and sustainable technologies. The Masdar Institute Electrical Power Engineering Program covers a broad range of activities and evolving issues that are of great importance in the field of sustainable and smart power systems. Electrical power engineering covers subjects related to integration of renewable energy to power systems, power electronics applications and experimental design, power system stability and control, dynamic systems, control and optimization techniques in power systems. The program has been designed to provide students with technical knowledge in the area of power systems, in addition to mathematical tools that are necessary for developing new innovative solutions.

The mission of the Electrical Power Engineering Program at Masdar Institute is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and professional experience necessary for successful careers in industrial or academic roles that involve alternative energy and sustainable technologies.

Graduates of the Electrical Power Engineering Program will be able to work collaboratively, conduct independent and multidisciplinary research, communicate effectively and recognize their role in solving global challenges, while simultaneously promoting sustainable engineering principles.


 
Program Goals
The Electrical Power Engineering Program aspires to produce post-graduate students with the disciplinary preparation that meets the following goals:

  • An ability to identify and address current and future electrical engineering problems related to energy sources, generation, conversion, transmission, utilization, efficiency, protection, and control, within a broader framework of sustainable development;
  • An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement solutions to electrical engineering problems in the field of energy and sustainability;
  • An understanding of the impact of solutions to energy problems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; and
  • An understanding of the value of technical and scientific research, service to society, leadership and life-long learning required to further their career aspirations.

    
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Electrical Power Engineering Master of Science Program, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:

  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex electrical power engineering problems;
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of electrical power engineering to the analysis, design and development of electric systems, components, equipment or applications to meet desired needs of society professionally and ethically;
  • Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering software tools for professional practice;
  • Successfully apply advanced concepts of electrical and power electronics engineering to design and develop electric/electronic hardware systems for effective renewable energy conversion, control and power delivery;
  • Use an advanced approach to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data; and
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and thus to put forward the scientific findings at national and international levels successfully.

Objectives & Curriculum

Academics
The academic curriculum of the Electrical Power Engineering Program is designed to develop skills and understanding necessary to make significant contributions to electric power system design and development, and development of power apparatus and systems sustainable electric power systems, including sustainable generation, conservation and effective use of electric power.

A broad and fairly classical grounding in electrical engineering at a high level is necessary to make contributions in these areas. The program’s core courses ensure that students develop strong academic foundations through study of applied mathematical techniques, power electronics theory and laboratory application, and power systems operation with renewable energy technologies. The breadth of course offerings, however, will continually grow to allow Masdar Institute students to gain deeper knowledge in topics of their choosing.
 
Research
Electrical power engineering research at Masdar Institute is aimed at providing major advancements in key areas of electrical design and operation of renewable energy systems and sustainable technology. Specific research topics include, but are not limited to, smart grids, modeling and control of inverters for renewable energy sources, innovative protection and control techniques in power systems and electric machine design. Examples of ongoing EPE research activities at Masdar Institute are as follows:

  • Smart grid control and protection
  • Impacts of renewable energy on power systems
  • Electricity market operation with stochastic sources
  • Demand side management
  • Renewable generation modeling
  • Power electronic converters for renewable energy sources

 
Curriculum 
All students for all programs are required to take four program core courses. In addition, each student must complete the following:

  • Three elective courses from any program with the approval of advisor
  • One university core course titled Sustainable Energy: Technology, Policy, Economics
  • 24 credits of thesis work

 Program Core courses

  • EPE503 Distributed Generation
  • EPE504 Power Electronics
  • EPE505 Power Electronics Laboratory
  • EPE506 Electric Machines

Courses

EPE501 Optimization Methods – 3 credits
This course introduces the principal algorithms for linear, network, discrete, nonlinear, dynamic optimization and optimal control. Emphasis on methodology and the underlying mathematical structures. Topics include the simplex method, network flow methods, branch and bound and cutting plane methods for discrete optimization, optimality conditions for nonlinear optimization, Newton's method, heuristic methods, and dynamic programming.
Prerequisites: FDN422 Probability and Statistics and FDN432 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra or equivalent

EPE502 Dynamic Systems and Control – 3 credits
This course covers topics on linear, discrete- and continuous-time, SISO and MIMO systems in control related areas. Transfer function, state-space models, modes, stability, controllability, observability, poles and zeros. Internal stability of interconnected systems, feedback compensators, state feedback, and observer. Measures of control performance, robustness issues using singular values of transfer functions. Introductory ideas on nonlinear systems and modern control methods are also dealt within this course.
Prerequisites: FDN432 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, or equivalent


EPE503 Distributed Generation – 3 credits
The course focuses on types, benefits and challenges of distributed generation technologies. Topics covered in this course include load flow with distributed generation; impacts of distributed generation on power system protection; stability with distributed generation; islanding detection techniques for distributed generation; micro-grid design and control approaches; electricity markets with micro-grids; and impacts of distributed generation on power quality.
Prerequisites: FDN455 Introduction to Power Systems, or equivalent


EPE504  Power Electronics – 3 credits
The objectives of this course are to teach the principles of power electronics devices and introduce students to different electronics devices and converters. Emphasis is on the utilization of power electronics for renewable energy systems, such as, photovoltaic solar and wind, will be given.
The EP504 course includes the application of electronics to energy conversion and control; modeling, analysis and control techniques; design of power circuits including inverters, rectifiers, and dc-dc converters; analysis and design of magnetic components and filters; characteristics of power semiconductor devices; and numerous application examples, such as motion control systems, power supplies and photovoltaic solar power system.
Prerequisites: FDN456, or equivalent


EPE505 Power Electronics Laboratory – 3 credits
This course introduces the design and construction of power electronic circuits, control design, and related systems. Laboratory exercises include the construction of power converters for solar power harvest, solar module evaluation, distributed power system communication, and standard power supply.
Prerequisites: EPE504 Power Electronics, or equivalent


EPE506 Electric Machines – 3 credits
This course focuses on the treatment of electromechanical transducers, rotating and linear electric machines. It facilitates the development of analytical techniques for predicting device characteristics, energy conversion density, efficiency; and of system interaction characteristics, regulation, stability, controllability, and response. Use of electric machines in drive systems. Problems are taken from current research.
Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in electric machines, or equivalent


EPE600 Master Thesis in Electrical Power Engineering  – Total 24 credits
The thesis gives students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their ability to carry out and document a reasonably comprehensive project requiring considerable initiative, creative thought, and a good deal of individual responsibility. The thesis may be a design project, an analytical paper, or experimental work of a technical nature.


EPE601 Power System Modeling and Control – 3 credits
This course gives depth learning for developing the transient model of power system equipment and FACTS devices.  The course covers modeling issues for AC transient, fault, generation units, transformers, transmission system ( OHTL and cables), FACTS devices, renewable energy systems, distributed generation, power system control as well as power system conceptual studies with practical example serving to illustrate the subject. Several cases will be applied in details to highlight the practical situation encountered in power system.
Prerequisites: EPE502 Dynamic Systems Control, and EPE504 Power Electronics, or equivalents


EPE602 Photovoltaic Power Systems - Modeling, Control and Analysis – 3 credits
The course covers advanced modeling, control and analysis topics in photovoltaic power systems. These include the following subjects:

  • Overview of photovoltaic power systems including architecture and safety regulations;
  • Electrical equivalent circuit models for PV cells and modules;
  • Advanced power conditioning topologies;
  • System dynamic modeling and control for PV power systems; and
  • Maximum power point tracking for PV power systems.

Prerequisites: EPE504 Power electronics, and EPE502 Dynamic Systems and Control, or equivalents


EPE603 Application of Heuristic Optimization Techniques to Power Systems – 3 credits
This course gives an overview of modern heuristic techniques and covers specific applications of heuristic approaches to power system problems, such as optimal power flow, power system scheduling and operational planning, power generation expansion planning, reactive power planning, transmission and distribution planning, and power system control.
Prerequisites: EPE503 Distributed Generation, or equivalent


EPE604 Power Quality and FACTS Devices – 3 credits
Power quality is an issue that is becoming increasingly important to power system engineers and electricity consumers at transmission and distribution levels. The worldwide trend of generation of electricity from renewable energy sources, especially connected to low voltage distribution networks, additionally introduces challenges in ensuring adequate quality of power. The course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the major power quality problems, their analysis and different modern mitigation techniques to overcome the power quality issues


EPE606 Power System Stability Analysis – 3 credits
Power system stability is recognized as an important issue for secure system operation since the 1920s. Blackouts are often not caused by a single fault, but rather the final result of a sequence of disturbances that generated operational instabilities. Hence, system instability is a potential risks for many nations, including the UAE.
This course will cover power system operation that ranges from system stability to transmission security. Topics include power system stability concepts, analytical methods for assessing network stability, case studies of system instability, and overview of challenges in modern grid operation.
Prerequisites: EPE502 Dynamic Systems and Control, and EPE506 Electric Machines, or equivalents