Transmission, Distribution, and Smart City Fundamentals

Get a com­pre­hen­sive overview of the major process­es behind elec­tric­i­ty dis­tri­b­u­tion and trans­mis­sion. Learn about the chal­lenges that renew­able ener­gy sys­tems pose to elec­tric­i­ty grids and how they can be over­come. Walk through basic con­cepts in smart city design, includ­ing smart meter­ing, ener­gy dis­patch­ing, and IoT.
Course at a glance
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Aimed at industry executives, environmental professionals, project managers, power producers and regulators, those working in government agencies, utility companies and energy agencies, as well as developers and investors interested in expanding their career or business with renewable energy.
  • Credentialed by the Foundational Technologies Institute (FTI), an independent organization, to meet standards of quality, practicality, and alignment to business needs.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the differences between major forms of thermal and renewable generation.
  • Outline the basic process behind generators and the process of magnetic induction.
  • Describe the different ways that geothermal, hydro, wind, and solar power is captured, converted, and utilized.
  • Describe the differences between electricity transmission and distribution and what purpose these systems serve.
  • Outline differences between alternating current transmission lines and high voltage direct current.
  • Explain the impact of transmission losses and what stages of electricity transport result in the greatest efficiency losses.
  • Detail the pros and cons of Smart Meters and provide an overview of how they can optimize smart grids.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Assessment activities include assignments and quizzes.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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