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EH2740 Computer Applications in Power Systems, basic course 7.5 credits

The objective of this course is to give an overview of control and operation of power systems in a wide sense, including generation, transmission and distribution of electric power.

Upon completion of the course, the participants shall be able to:

- Perform basic design and evaluation of SCADA system architectures including local systems, communication infrastructure and central systems.

- Describe basic power system instrumentation technologies and principles

- Describe basic power system protection technologies and schemes

- Analyse and evaluate current processes and technologies employed for control and operation of transmission grids

- Analyse and evaluate current processes and technologies employed for control and operation of distribution networks

- Identify relevant standards in the area of information and control systems and evaluate their application to different areas of power system control and operation.

- Describe cybersecurity threats to information and control systems used for power system control and operation.

- Describe future trends in power system control and operation with a focus on new information and control systems technologies.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus EH2740 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Cost efficient operation of deregulated electric power system is completely dependent upon well functioning ICT systems to fulfill requirements on reliability and quality. These ICT systems are used for protection, measurement, monitoring and control of components and sub-systems, like power stations and substations. Additionally, the development towards Smart grids that can accommodate large amounts of renewable production and changing consumer patterns, including large scale use of electric vehicles gives the ICT systems an even greater role in the future power system.

The course covers the IT systems, technologies and standards that are constitute modern information and control systems used in the power system. Course content includes studies of secondary systems used for automation and protection in substation including the IEC 61850 standard; SCADA systems and communication solutions for Local and Wide Area Networks, including the IEC 61870-101/104 standard; technologies for information exchange and systems integration in the power industry including IEC 61968/61970 – the Common Information Model and also EMS application functions such as state estimation.

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to introduce the use of Information and Control Technologies for Power System Management. The specific course goals are that the student shall be able to:

  • Describe the functionality of primary equipment necessary for automation and control of power systems
  • Analyze simple power systems from an automation and control perspective
  • Describe the concept and use of the IEC 61850 standard for utility automation

·         Apply the IEC 61850 standard for utility automation to build simple automation and control systems for small power systems.

·         Describe the functionality of secondary equipment used for automation and control of power systems

·         Describe the concepts and structure of the IEC 61968/61970 standards for information exchange for power system control.

·         Apply the IEC 61968/61970 standard to information exchange needs in power system management

·         Describe the structure and design wide area communication solutions for power system control and operation.

·         Develop a simple Power State Estimator for power system control purposes.

Course disposition

The course consists of a series of traditional lectures covering the theoretical content of the course. In addition a number of seminars in which problems are discussed in groups and together with the course teachers. The first part of the course is devoted to primary and secondary equipment for automation and protection of the power system. Thereafter follows four course parts that contain lectures, seminars and project assignments. These parts are Development of SCADA systems, power system information modeling, Power system state estimation and finally configuration of protection and control systems.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree (180 higher education credits), or equivalent qualifications. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B/ English 6.

Recommended prerequisites

EG 2020 Power Systems Basic course


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL3 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL4 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • KON1 - Examination, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

All assignments are individual, and the total course grade (A-F) is determined by the total of the score gained for each of the assignments.

Other requirements for final grade

All assignments in the course need to be completed

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web EH2740

Offered by

EES/Industrial Information & Control Systems

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

EH2750 Computer applications in Power Systems, advanced course


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