autumn 2023
ELE-3602 Power System Operation and Control - 5 ECTS

Type of course

The course be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor degree in Engineering program in power electronics and electrical machines. Basic knowledge in power systems is also an advantage.

In addition, the following requirements must be met:

- minimum 25 credits in mathematics (equivalent to Mathematical Methods 1, 2 og 3), 5 credits in statistics and 7,5 ects i physics on a higher level is required.

Application code: 9371

Recommended prerequisites: General knowledge of energy systems and stationary and dynamic properties of the power system. Basic skills in financial and technical-economic planning.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

STE6287 Power System Operation and Control 5 ects

Course content

  • European main grid power system is built up.
  • Regulators, transmission system operators and power exchange.
  • Roles and responsibilities of the different actors.
  • Guidelines from ACER/CEER and ENTSO-E
  • From Nordic grid code to network codes.
  • Different sources for power production and their system properties.
  • Balancing of power systems in generally.
  • Different markets and balancing in the planning phase.
  • Different markets and balancing in the operating phase.
  • Capacity allocation and congestion management. Consequences.
  • Wholesale, Retail and Financial market.
  • Auxiliary services.
  • Aggregation of reserves.

Recommended prerequisites

ELE-3602 Power System Operation and Control

Objectives of the course

After completing the subject, the candidate will have the following learning outcome:


  • Organization of the European electric power system.
  • Interaction between production, grid and market.
  • Regulation of the electric power system based on market mechanism.


  • Bid to power exchange from a power companies available resources.
  • Create production plans from the power exchange prices.Balancing their own commitments by deviations from plans.
  • Calculate reserves and bid the reserve marketsManage congestion through area pricing and countertrade.
  • Could explain area pricing and countertrade - different incentives for investments.
  • Could explain the socio-economic consequences of major capacity constraints,with winners and losers.

General competence:

  • The candidate will have competence to operate a power company with different types of sources for power production, conventional and renewable.
  • The candidate will be able to operate the main grid and see both of these two separate different businesses in a markets- and monopoly perspective.
  • The candidate should be able to see the need for market development as an incentive for the efficiency improvement of the power system.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

40 case-based lectures and 40 hours exercise work.


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 07.12.2023 09:00
3 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Exercise Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

More information about mandatory exercises will be given at the start of the course.

Re-sit examination

A resit exam is arranged for students who have not passed the last ordinary exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ELE-3602
  • Earlier years and semesters for this topic