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Smart Grid

Electric power and electric networks, i.e. distribution networks, are at the heart of the energy transition that industrial societies are getting ready for. Decentralised energy production (wind power, photovoltaic energy etc.) will become increasingly important and the decentrally produced energy needs to be integrated into existing energy production, storage and distribution systems.

The HES-SO Valais-Wallis is very active in the field of smart grids, both on system level (regulation, optimisation) and on component level (development of power electronic converters).

Applied Research and Development

  • Development and testing of power electronic converters.
  • Design of products and methods for the regulation and automation of electric distribution networks.
  • Integration of production, storage and consumption facilities using a DC bus.
  • Simulation of electric networks and multi-energy systems.
  • Development of control systems for the flexible elements of the production, consumption and storage of electric energy.
  • Development of algorithms for the analysis of energy data in order to extract relevant indicators.
  • Design of distributed control-command systems for distribution networks and production plants (especially hydropower plants).
  • Measurement and characterisation of storage components (batteries) and of components for decentralised energy production (photovoltaic energy, wind power).
  • Analysis of disruptions of the electric network caused by power electronic converters.
     

Training

The School of Engineering of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis offers two degree programmes with majors in the field of smart grids:

  • Degree programme in Energy and Environmental Engineering with Smart Grid major: Students acquire multidisciplinary knowledge about power grids, automation, and information and communication technologies. They will be able to design and implement smart grid solutions for network operators and system integrators. The GridLab offers an ideal, full-scale environment for students to understand how to control distribution networks with a high penetration of renewable energy sources or to manage hydropower plants.
  • Degree programme in Systems Engineering with Power & Control major: In this major geared towards the development of new devices, students learn how to design electromechanical and electronic components for energy conversion. The GridLab offers an appropriate test environment for these components.

Contact person

Dominique Gabioud, dominique.gabioud@hevs.ch