Fundamentals of Distributed Energy Resources

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Course Overview

Learn about Distributed Energy Resources including traditional and renewable energy sources, energy storage, impact of electric vehicles to power grid, microgrids.

Participants will:

  • Learn various types of DER, including generators, solar, and wind power
  • Understand the benefits of energy storage for residential and grid applications
  • Learn integration of electric vehicles to the grid
  • Define microgrids and its benefits in modern power system
  • Understand how grid connected inverters work and interfaces to the power system
  • Learn about protection and integration of DER and Smart Grids into the power system


Who Should Attend?

  • Utility Engineers
  • Renewable Energy Engineers
  • Engineers from Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Solar Power Engineers
  • Wind Power Engineers
  • Technical Professionals for DER
  • System Integrators 
  • Project Engineers
  • Technical Leaders

Course Outline

Introduction to DER


Solar Power Generation

  • Components and systems

Wind Power Generation

  • Components and systems

Energy Storage for Residential and Grid Applications

Grid Connected Inverters

Impact of Electric Vehicles to Grid, Charging, and Infrastructure

DER Interconnection Requirements Including IEEE 1547

Grid Control

  • Grid following vs. grid making
  • transient response
  • differences between synchronous generation and GCI based control

Introduction of Microgrids

Microgrid Integration and Standards

DER and Microgrid Protection and Control

Microgrid Stability

Wireless Network and Cloud Computing for Microgrid Energy Management 


Thomas Jahns

Thomas M. Jahns is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Previously with GE Corporate R&D and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jahns has research interests in electric machines, drive system analysis and control, and power electronic modules.

James Niemira

James K. Niemira, P.E., is a Principal Engineer of S&C Electric Company in the Power Systems Solutions organization. He has over 30 years of professional experience in the electric power industry. Present responsibilities include oversight of analysis and design work in the Engineering Services and Consulting & Analytical Services. Mr. Niemira has performed design work, field start‐up, and commissioning of wind power plant substations and data center substation sites; expansions of existing substations; distribution system protection and automation projects with protective relays; substation design, and collector system design for renewable energy generation sites (wind and solar); and the analytic studies to support these designs.

He is active in the IEEE/PES Power System Relay & Control Committee; a member of the Technical Committee of the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace; and is a licensed Professional Engineer in 31 states.

Jim Sember

Jim has worked in the power electronics and power systems arena for more than 36 years and has been associated with WEMPEC for the majority of that time. Power electronics is an intriguing and challenging combination of technologies. In addition to power electronics circuit design, the discipline includes power systems, machine design, machine control, analog and digital electronics, digital signal processing, and real-time embedded system control. Jim has done engineering work in all of those areas. His career includes development of AC and DC drives and control systems, engine-driven generators, and multi-megawatt grid-connected power conversion systems for reactive compensation and grid-connected energy storage. He holds 8 U.S. patents.

Giri Venkataramanan

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bulent Sarlioglu

Bulent Sarlioglu is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the associate director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC). He previously worked at Honeywell International Inc.'s aerospace division for 11 years, most recently as a staff systems engineer, earning Honeywell's technical achievement award in 2003 and an outstanding engineer award in 2011. Bulent’s expertise includes electrical machines, drives, and power electronics and he is the inventor or co-inventor of 15 US patents as well as many international patents. He received his PhD from University of Wisconsin–Madison, MS from University of Missouri–Columbia, and BS from Istanbul Technical University, all in electrical engineering.

Upcoming dates (1)

Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2020

Online RA01587-C043
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Program Director

Bulent Sarlioglu