18-864-R4   Power System Expansion

Location: Africa

Units: 6

Semester Offered: Spring

Course discipline


Course concentration

Energy (Kigali)
Intelligent Physical Systems (Pittsburgh)

Course description

This course will examine how the growth of electricity infrastructure is planned, evaluated, and sustained. Case studies will be selected from the spectrum of microgrids, rural grid extension, national reinforcement, and international tie-lines.
Students will gain an overview of the delivery processes of electrification: planning, design, construction, maintenance, and economics. They will learn about the growth of electricity demand, cost aspects of generation, and network planning. They will also study the capabilities of available equipment for generation and transport.


After completing this course, students will be able to contribute to developing the rationale, finance, technical design, and operational frameworks of new and growing power systems.

Content details

Fixed and variable cost of energy conversion and transport, spatial and sectoral load forecasting, public and private models of investment and cost recovery, line and protection design, interconnection of power systems, and power system reliability.




Barry Rawn