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Smart Electrical Power Systems Summer School

RWTH International Academy
2 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available

Program description

The Online Course is all about smart electrical power systems, providing students with an overview of current challenges and new technologies with regards to future electric grids. It covers topics such as measurement techniques and distributed intelligence for power systems, electrical grids today and tomorrow, microgrids as well as real time simulations of power systems. As a result, students acquire a better understanding of the key challenges of future power systems.

highly mixed/international group
online lectures & tutorials
group work & self study
intercultural exchange
virtual social events
full online experience
RWTH certificate

Admission requirements

  • B.Sc./B.E. student enrolled at a renowned university
  • Studying mechanical engineering or a related field
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • Minimum English language proficiency equivalent to:
    TOEFL ibt : 72 points
    IELTS: 5.5 band score
    TOEIC: 785 points
    Cambridge: FCE, Grade C
    CEFR = B2

Please note:
Basic understanding of power generation and power systems, electrochemical systems and basic understanding of electricity system and its components will be expected.

Required Documents

  • Your Cover Letter 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Your academic records (Transcript of Records)
  • A color photo of yourself
  • Additional documents to support your application (optional)
  • English Proficiency Test (optional)

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Program content

Academic Staff

The E.ON Energy Research Center (E.ON ERC) and the Institute of High Voltage Equipment and Grids, Digitalization and Power Economics (IAEW) concuct the academic content. The research of E.ON ERC focusses on how a sustainable energy supply can be realized. The research of IAEW focusses on the ongoing energy transition.

Description of Modules

Students receive an overview of current challenges and new technologies with regards to the future electric grid. Topics include but are not limited to the following subject areas:

Measurement Techniques and Distributed Intelligence for Power Systems
The course presents the role of measurements and monitoring in power systems, and it introduces the new measurement requirements and technologies of the modern power systems.
The fundamentals of measurements are briefly recalled, with particular attention to measurement uncertainty. Sensors and instruments are reviewed, with emphasis on Phasor Measurement Units as key component in synchronized measurements. The state estimation is introduced as most significant example of monitoring function. Notes on the digitalization of the measurement and monitoring processes are presented.

Electrical Grids Today and Tomorrow
The module gives an overview of what is changing in power systems, how renewables are changing some of the key concepts that have been applied for many years and outlines the perspective about the system of the future.

Real Time Simulation and Power System Dynamics
This module will be conducted as laboratory exercise about real time simulation and power system dynamics. Students will learn how to use a modern research tool: Real time simulation. By using this tool, they will directly experience some key concepts of power system dynamics in a computer simulation.

The module introduces the topic microgrids: Definition, structure and implementation of a microgrid. It also deals with the role of microgrids in future energy systems.

Real Time Simulation and Key Challenges of Future Power Systems
This module will be conducted as laboratory exercise in which students will have the chance to use real time simulation again to understand some of the key challenges of future power systems.

Tuition fees

Program fees for our Online Courses:

  • 2 weeks programs: 1194 EUR
  • 3 weeks programs: 1794 EUR
  • 4 weeks programs: 2250 EUR

The program fees contain our full online experience. Find detailed information on the program pages or our website.



At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.

Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate and a Certificate of Performance from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.


2-week programs (about 60 hours): 2 ECTS credits can be awarded

3-week programs (about 90 hours): 3 ECTS credits can be awarded

4-week programs (about 120 hours): 4 ECTS credits can be awarded

Please note:
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!

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Campus-Boulevard 30
52074 Aachen

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