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Smart Power Engineering

Smart Power Engineering

About this program

Learn about current power and energy-related technologies including electric power systems, sustainable energy systems, rotating electric machinery, power electronics, and the interaction of power sources and loads in the five courses being taught by faculty from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Courses in this program will be offered in 2-day training sessions on Ohio State's main campus. One of the courses will give participants the opportunity to learn at the High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory, the only one of its kind among Midwest universities.

Engineers, technicians, graduate students, and others who desire or want to become more aware of the smart power technologies may take one or more courses. Upon successful completion of all five courses, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. Students with limited background in this subject area should be sure to take Sustainable Energy and Power Systems before taking any other courses.



Each of the courses are two days in length and offered on a Friday and Saturday, 8am - 5pm.  


Sustainable Energy and Power Systems  

Date: April 28 & 29, 2017

This course provides an introduction to electrical energy systems; history, current trends, renewable and nonrenewable resources, rotating machines, transformers and power electronic applications, smart grid initiatives. Click here to learn more...

Electric Machines in Modern Day Energy Systems  

Date: August 11 & 12, 2017

This course will cover the basics of rotating machines. The relationships between mechanical energy, magnetic energy and electrical energy associated with rotating machines and how these relate to the steady state operating characteristics will be presented. Application of generators and motors in electric power systems will be discussed. Machine control and variable speed operation of rotating electric machines will also be covered. Click here to learn more...


Power Systems and Renewable Energy Resources  

Date: September 29 & 30, 2017

The focus of this course is on detailed technical issues faced by solar and wind energy application and integration into modern power systems. This includes components of power systems with renewable energy resources, power flow and system stability issues, and challenges of distributed generation. Click here to learn more...


High Voltage Engineering and Laboratory  

Date: December 8 & 9, 2017

The high voltage short course is specifically designed for engineers and technicians from electric utility companies.  The purpose of the course is to provide opportunities for the utility personnel to observe and enhance their understanding of the mechanisms of high voltage phenomena in a controlled testing environment.  The course will cover safety aspects and practices in the lab, high voltage measurement techniques, flashover along insulators, insulation material breakdown, corona, and electric field effects. Click here to learn more...


Power Electronics Devices, Circuits and Application  

Date: Spring 2018 (exact date to be determined)

This course is specifically targeted at engineers interested or working in the area of energy conversion and utilization in power systems and vehicular systems.  The short course content focuses on the fundamentals of power electronics, covering converter/inverter circuits, magnetic and capacitive components, power switching devices, PWM methods, control strategies, and applications of power electronics devices and circuits in the integration of renewable energy sources and electrification of transportation. Click here to learn more...