Transmission, Distribution, and Smart City Fundamentals

    EX 1111 is offered this spring:

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
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.


Take note:
  • Assessment activities include discussions, assignments, and quizzes.
Apr 29, 2024May 12, 2024
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

14 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Gabriel JohnID: gabriel-john

Gabriel John is a professional agrologist with extensive experience in program design and implementation in the areas of climate change, emissions management, clean energy, and emerging technologies. His government and academic work in the past decade has focused on developing strategic policies and innovative programs in the complex energy-environment nexus. Gabriel currently works on strategic environmental and sustainable energy policies and programs, including leading the development of policies relating to renewable development and the de-carbonization of the electricity sector.

Jorge Osorio Pina

Your Instructor

Jorge Osorio PinaID: jorge-osorio-pina

Class info
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 discussions, assignments, and quizzes.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone 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.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EX 1111 is offered this spring: