Active distribution networks

Higher education teachers: Papič Igor
Credits: 5
Subject code: 64809

Subject description


Understanding of basic principles of power system operation.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Consequences of growing environmental concern, general lack of energy resources in western Europe, availability of new technologies for production of electrical energy, penetration of distributed energy resources – DER in distribution networks.
  • Gradual transition of classical passive distribution network into an active network with resources on the consumption side, specification of the concept of an active distribution network. Overview of distributed energy resources, interconnection requirements and assessment of potential in Slovenia. The influence of distributed energy resources on the operation of a distribution network: voltage profile, power flows, reactive power, power quality, protection, control, maintenance and planning.
  • Key technologies enabling the operation of an active distribution network: energy resources with control capabilities, energy storage systems, modern compensation devices, advanced information and communication technologies.

Objectives and competences:

The student will learn the impact of distributed generation on the design and operation of distribution networks and will acquire the basic knowledge of Smart Grids technologies and concepts.

Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:

The student will understand the impact of distributed generation on distribution network operation.


Practical application in network design and interconnection of distributed generation.


Understanding the connection between new technologies and structure of the power network.

Transferable skills:

Knowledge of design and operation of distribution network.

Learning and teaching methods:

Seminar, consultations.

Study materials

  1. I. Papič et al.: Program razvoja pametnih omrežij v Sloveniji, 1. del Distribucijsko omrežje, Ljubljana, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Elektroinštitut Milan Vidmar, 2012.
  2. Metamorphosis of Power Distribution: System Services from Photovoltaics – MetaPV, the seventh Framework Programme, EU Commission, 2009-2014.
  3. Vision and Strategy for European Electricity Networks of the Future, European SmartGrids Technology Platform, EU Commission, 2006.
  4. N. Jenkins, R. Allan, P. Crossley, D. Kirschen, G. Strbac: Embedded generation, IEE, London, UK, 2000.