My recent work in the area of education for power engineering was recently presented at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting in Boston, MA. The presentation may be downloaded here.
In this paper, the authors discuss a set of software laboratory assignments on power distribution systems that address emerging and smart grid technologies such as the interconnection of solar PV generation and of microgrids, of series compensation and capacitor placement and control, and selective meshed structure. Although these software laboratory modules can be used by any university and user, they adopt as test system a distribution feeder that is representative of the Reconfigurable Distribution Automation and Control (RDAC) hardware laboratory at Drexel University. As such, students and researchers with access to the laboratory can perform studies on this system via both software simulation and physical experimentation. Work is under way to enable access to the hardware remotely.