AE 862
Distributed Energy Engineering and Management

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Welcome to AE 862: Distributed Energy Planning and Management

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Quick Facts about AE 862

 Parhum Delgoshaei
Parhum Delgoshaei
  • Instructor - Parhum Delgoshaei
  • Authors - Susan Stewart, Penn State with:
    • Unit 1: Seth Blumsack and Peter Idowu, Penn State
    • Unit 2: Greg Dobbs, Bevin Etienne, and Patrick McDaniel, Penn State; Don Denton, Duke Energy; and content from Power Analytics and Eaton.
    • Unit 3: Greg Dobbs, Bevin Etienne, and James Freihaut, Penn State; with content from UMC.
    • Unit 4: Bevin Etienne, Joel Anstrom, and Steve Treado, Penn State; with content from NECA's EVITP Consortium, Eric Johnson, formerly of International Battery and Chris Cook, Solar Grid Storage.
  • Overview - AE 862 is designed for graduate students and professionals looking for a more in depth understanding of the smart grid and how it will impact their careers as well as for professionals looking for an overview of smart grid issues and technologies. This course examines the theories and practices of distributed energy production and management in the context of regional and integrated energy grid structures. The course builds upon a fundamental understanding of energy technologies, engineering economics and building energy systems to prepare students to participate in the energy marketplace in engineering and energy business development market sectors. 

  • AE 862 promotes Advanced Critical Thinking by challenging the students to apply a systems perspective to the application of new energy technologies in the context of the existing grid infrastructure and economic margins.  The course also applies the Science of Energy and Sustainability through an in depth understanding of renewable resource availability and conversion technologies.  Additionally, the course fosters the development of Business Acumen through an understanding of engineering economics as applied to renewable energy technologies and the electric utility industry.
    • ​Toward these objectives, students who successfully complete AE 862 will be able to:
      1. Articulate the factors influencing electricity markets
      2. Understand the disciplines of science and engineering that are applied in the development of electrical grid solutions
      3. Have a basic understanding of the different approaches required in the analysis of various distributed energy technologies
      4. Use and interpret data from energy economic modeling tools
      5. Analyze proposed energy projects from an integrated perspective of owners, utilities, policy makers, and energy consumers.
AE 862 Course Overview: Distributed Energy Planning and Management

The Challenge: Electrical Grid Infrastructure, Markets, and Interoperability

Enabling a Smarter Grid: Decision Making and High Level Modeling


Integrating Distributed Energy Generation into the Grid

Managing Energy & Grid Interaction
Lesson 1.1
Electricity Industry
Lesson 2.1
Smart Grid Key Concepts
Lesson 3.1
Wind Energy Grid Integration
Lesson 4.1
Energy Storage Technologies
Lesson 1.2
Electricity Economics
Lesson 2.2
Advanced Metering and Cyber Security
Lesson 3.2
Solar Energy Grid Integration
Lesson 4.2
Demand Response Systems
Lesson 1.3
Electricity Markets
Lesson 2.3
Lesson 3.3
Combined Heat and Power
Lesson 4.3
Electric Vehicles