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Distribution automation

Individual course

This course covers automation functions and examples of electricity distribution grids.

Course contents

  • Principles of distribution network operation. Structure and functions of distribution automation system.
  • Principles of relay protection. The idea of using intelligent electronic device (IED) as protection relay and key element in distribution automation system.
  • Network monitoring: AMR/AMI, substation monitoring, sensors, RTU
  • Fault management: Field automation for medium voltage fault location, isolation and supply restoration, Switching components, Protection solutions
  • Outages. Analysing the benefits of distribution automation. Reliability theory.
  • Operations planning and optimisation. Switching, voltage control and overloading management.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student

  • can define the objective of distribution network operation and the functions of distribution automation.
  • can explain the objectives and principles of relay protection in the case of distribution networks.
  • can analyse the processes dealing with network operation and apply different automation solutions for them and analyse their benefits.
  • has an idea on the development trends and ongoing research on the area of the course.

Course material

Text book (available as e-book) and lecture material in English available on the webpage of the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures (also available as recordings). There will be an exam and laboratory work/written work. The laboratory work will be performed on campus.

Completion methods


More information in the Tampere University study guide.

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automation, digitalisation, electricity distribution, energy market

Responsible teacher

University of Tampere
Sami Repo

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Automation engineering,
Energy engineering
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Tampere University
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General prerequisites:
Basic knowledge on electricity distribution
Course suitable for:
People working in the domain in the industry and grid companies
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