18-867-R4   Applied Smart Grid Telecoms

Location: Africa

Units: 6

Semester Offered: Spring

Course discipline 


Course concentration

Energy (Kigali)

Intelligent Physical Systems (Pittsburgh)

Course description

This course examines applications of standards for communications protocols in smart grids, covering relevant standards such as IEC61850 and DNP3. Participants will complete assignments based on real-world examples that explore the implementation and limitations of smart grid telecommunications. Appropriate for communications engineers wanting to understand the power grid, and power engineers wanting to develop their applied knowledge of communications.

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Learning objectives

The course is intended to help students understand the selection of appropriate protocols and physical layer options in order to serve the communications and flexibility needs of power grids. Students will also develop the ability to interpret messages in different protocols.


After completing this course, students will be familiar with existing protocols in the smart grid, how they have been induced by the particularities of the physical layers involved, and the smart grid architecture concepts that they implement.

Content details

  • OSI Network Layers
  • Service levels
  • Access networks
  • Demand side management
  • Digital substations
  • IEC61850
  • DNP3




Barry Rawn