Development of a HArmonized MOdular Curriculum for the Smart Grid
The project aims at fostering capacity building in the field of Smart Grids by the development of a harmonized, modular curriculum. Envisioned outcomes of this project are new, interdisciplinary master courses implemented at partner institutions in Africa, running laboratories, online courses, and an improved networking between the partners.
On November 25, 2019, we carried out an additional block course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). This course covered topics related to data security and privacy, particularly, privacy in Smart Grids, data security in companies, and an introduction to cryptography. Special thanks goes to our partners from CPUT for hosting and organizing this block course.
Our sixth project meeting took place in the beautiful city of Pretoria from September 9-13, 2019. All partners presented updates on their project progress and discussed the current state of courses and teaching. It was a pleasure to welcome Prof. Apostolov, a leading developer of the IEC61850 standard at IEC committee and Smart Grid and Adjunct Professor at CPUT. On this meeting, he gave a very interesting talk on “Cyber security challenges to Smart Grid protection, automation and control applications based on the IEC 61850 standard”. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to see the lab at UP and its new equipment during the lab presentation. We wish to thank our partners from UP for hosting us and for organizing the meeting!
The final student in the DAMOC student exchange just finished her stay at TU Dresden.
The Master’s student, studying Renewable Energy, from Stellenbosch University visiting TU Dresden to get exposure on Smart Grid Technology. Her activities included taking courses at the computer science as well as the economics department. The knowledge gained at the economics department was on stakeholder management which is essential for sustainable technology development.
Further, she took a project which was focused on the challenges slowing deployment of wireless sensor networks for smart grid networks which range from big data management to energy resource constraints and data reliability. The project further studied the new opportunities generated by these challenges; the big data management issue, stream processing on fog computer architecture was presented and micro- energy harvesting, i.e. vibrations and magnetic fields along the electrical power infrastructure to overcome the resource constraints challenges. Overall, the entire experience encouraged her to further research on this field.