Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jaime Ramos

Second Advisor

Dr. Mounir Ben Ghalia

Third Advisor

Dr. Isaac Choutapalli


The increasing trend of the energy industry to move towards a new smart power grid has pushed researchers to address the challenges that this represents. Universities all around the world are also under pressure to better prepare their students to meet the challenges that await them with this new technology and techniques. The work presented on this thesis was motivated by the current need of the electrical engineering curriculum to include new material into their current courses. A laboratory based smart micro grid was created by applying several concepts and techniques currently being adopted by the energy industry to make their distribution systems smarter. A series of experiments were conducted in order to test the functionality of both hardware equipment as well as software implementation. The results indicate that the experimental setup has proven to be adequate to introduce students to new concepts of the smart grid.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American