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Industrial/PhD Course: Reliability Assessment in Electric Power Systems (Online)


18.01.2021 kl. 08.30 - 21.01.2021 kl. 16.00



Frede Blaabjerg, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
Postdoc. Saeed Peyghami, Aalborg University, Denmark


Mahmoud Fotuhi-Firuzabad, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology



Electric power utilities are facing new challenges and problems in the changing utility environment. The course is aimed at providing an in depth introduction to the range of probabilistic aspects used in the assessment of electric power system reliability. The basic principles of reliability evaluation along with their application, current practices and solution methods in generation, transmission and distribution systems will be discussed.

  • Day 1: January 18, 2021, 08.30-16.00 - Mahmoud Fotuhi-Firuzabad
    • L0: Introduction to the course (Mahmud Fotuhi-Firuzabad) (1.5 h)
    • L1: Fundamental concepts of reliability Engineering (Mahmud Fotuhi-Firuzabad) (1,5 h)
    • L2: System components and their outage models (Mahmud Fotuhi-Firuzabad) (1,5 h)
    • L3: Techniques used in engineering system risk assessment (1.5 h)
  • Day 2: January 19, 2021, 08.30-16.00 - Mahmoud Fotuhi-Firuzabad

    • L4: Techniques used in engineering system risk assessment(cont.) & Basic concepts of adequacy and security in electric power systems (1.5 h)
    • L5: Generating capacity reliability assessment (1.5 h)
    • L6: Generating capacity reliability assessment (cont.) (1.5 h)
    • L7: Reliability assessment of interconnected systems (1.5 h)
  • Day 3: January 20, 2021, 08.30-16.00 - Mahmoud Fotuhi-Firuzabad

    • L8: Composite generation and transmission system reliability evaluation (1.5 h)
    • L9: Composite generation and transmission system reliability evaluation (Cont.) (1.5 h)
    • L10: Application of risk evaluation in transmission developing and operation planning (1.5 h)
    • L11: Distribution system reliability evaluation (1.5 h)
  • Day 4: January 21, 2021, 08.30-16.00 - Mahmoud Fotuhi-Firuzabad
    • L12: Distribution system reliability evaluation (Cont.) & Substation and switching station reliability (1.5 h)
    • L13: Substation and switching station reliability (Cont.) (1.5 h)
    • L14: Reliability Data & Reliability cost/worth analysis (1.5 h)
    • L15: Power system reliability assessment including renewable sources (1.5 h) (If time allows)

Benefits of Participants:

  • Understanding the fundamental of system reliability engineering
  • Understanding the concepts of power system reliability
  • Exposure to probabilistic technique applications to power system problems
  • Exposure to reliability cost/worth problem and investigating the tradeoff between reliability and economics

Intended Audience:

  • Utility personnel involved in system operation, planning and related activities
  • Power engineers, graduate students and researchers in utilities and universities


Pre-reading the shared materials


The participants will be evaluated by exercises on the reliability of power systems.


6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University



Registration Deadline

28.12.2020 kl. 23.55

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