Operation and Planning of Power Distribution Systems

By Prof. Sanjib Ganguly   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 1322
About the Course:
Due to the inception of various automation technologies and integration of distributed energy resources, the electrical power distribution systems are slowly transformed into smart and active networks. This course will provide an overview of modern power distribution systems. The course will start with the discussions of different components and layouts of power distribution systems, load models, different reliability assessment techniques, and different planning approaches. The conventional reactive power compensation techniques will also be covered. Then, the impact of distributed generation on distribution systems will be discussed. Modeling of different types of distributed generation units and storage will also be discussed. Finally, the evolution of distribution systems toward smart network will be covered.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : PG students and industry engineers
PREREQUISITES : Basic electrical engineering, Electrical power system 

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Course will be useful for any public/private distribution companies (DISCOM), for example Tata power, Reliance power, CESC, all the state owned DISCOM, etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Power Systems and Power Electronics
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction, overview, and Load modelling
Week 2:Load modelling
Week 3:Basic features of distribution systems
Week 4:Basic features of distribution systems
Week 5:Reliability and Power quality assessment of distribution systems
Week 6:Reliability and Power quality assessment of distribution systems
Week 7:Distribution system load flow approach
Week 8:Reactive power compensation in distribution systems
Week 9:Distribution system planning and reconfiguration: Different approaches
Week 10:Distribution system planning and reconfiguration: Different approaches
Week 11:Active distribution networks with the integration of Distributed Generation (DG)
Week 12:Distribution system automation and smart grid

Books and references

1) T. Gonen. Electric Power Distribution System Engineering; CRC Press, 3rd Edition, 2014.
2) H. Lee. Willis. Power Distribution Planning Reference Book; CRC press; 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded, 2004.
3) A. S. Pabla, Electric Power Distribution; Tata Mcgraw-Hill Publishing Company Ltd., 5th Edition, 2007.
4) Math Bollen and Fainan Hassan, Integration of Distributed Generation in the Power System; IEEE Press, 2011.
5) R. Billington and R. Allan, Reliability Evaluation of Power Systems; Springer, Berlin, 2nd Edition, 1996.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sanjib Ganguly

IIT Guwahati
Prof. Sanjib Ganguly was born in West Bengal, India. He obtained Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Engineering, Science, and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur {Formerly, Bengal Engineering and Science University} in 2003. He received Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2006. He was awarded with the Ph.D degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2011. He worked in the Tata Power Company Ltd., as a Sr. officer, electrical maintenance of 2×500 MW thermal power units in Trombay Thermal Power Station, Mumbai from 2006-2007. He worked as the Assistant Professor in NIT Rourkela from 2011-2015, before joining in IIT Guwahati in 2015. He is presently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, IIT Guwahati. His research interest includes distribution system planning and optimization, multi-objective optimization, custom power devices, hybrid energy systems, and evolutionary algorithms. He has authored 33 papers in international journals, which include IEEE Transactions, IET, and different Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley journals with more than 1200 citations according to the Google scholar, till date. He has published sole-authored papers in IEEE Transactions Power Systems, IEEE Transactions Power Delivery, and IET Generation, Transmissions, and Distribution. He is enlisted in World’s 2% top scientist in the year of 2019 according to the list published by authors of Standford University.

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=pZ3wQxUAAAAJ&hl=en

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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