Project work packages
This work package aims at scoping the current situation of Smart Grid and grid Connected system teaching in the beneficiary partners. It also aims at assessing of real needs in the MENA region with regards to Smart Grid and the knowledge base needed to develop any future Workforce in that field.
The planned screening will define the number and the scope of the existing Smart Grid university teaching programmes in the beneficiary countries. This shall lead to a better understanding of how comprehensive these programmes are in terms of covering essential study areas of Smart Grid.
The above exercise will lead to conduct needs analysis aiming at improving the existing or planned Smart Grid study programmes to include missing components. In parallel to that, the European partners will conduct another survey to define and investigate the presence and coverage of the Smart Grid in leading EU universities and training centres. This aims at developing a benchmark for the project that supports its development activities.
The work package will commence directly after the kick‐off meeting in the first month and shall continue for 7 months with active participation by all partners. A workshop is planned by the end of the 7 months in Jordan in order to monitor progress, review the main findings and exchange information and reports.
Lead Organization : GJU
Significant components of the Centre’s structure and façade will be established within this work package. This work will involve building required bridges with the industry. Then, the goal of this working package is to create a platform of the leading teaching institutions, companies, universities, training centres, NGOs and industry, in the different fields of renewable energy and Smart grid in order to exchange information, knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, this WP aims at effective connection of project partner on one hand with the associated partners on the other hand, to enrich the project content especially during preparation of the teaching and training modules. During implementation phase, this WP shall facilitate communication with implementing associated partners and support them logistically and technically by efficient communication to project partners.
The networking can be achieved by subscribing a special e‐form on the project website and defining the list of network members. Several activities can be accomplished upon creation of the network that includes market study survey, workforce training needs, up‐to‐date information, networking activities such as conferences and staff exchange.
Furthermore, this work package aims at the integration of previous experiences of successful projects conducted by member in the network.
Lead Organization : EMI
This work package aims at the development of new teaching modules in the field of the smart grid and grid connected renewable energy resources, and also the application and technology related to the Smart Grid field. The Newcastle University (UNEW) is leading this work package according to its significant experience in smart grid research as well as from a recently developed master program focused on Smart Grid and Power distribution at the University of Newcastle but also the development of teaching mterials for universities (including Master degree for Skoltech University in Russia).
The work package includes the coordination and support of the development of teaching and training modules based on data and results of previous work packages. Here, relevant teaching and training topics in the field of power distribution, energy management, virtual power plant, renewable energy sources (RES), energy storage, isolated and gird‐connected RES are identified and questions that address needs of stakeholders, societies, power distributors, and energy industry in countries are formulated. Based on the elaborated questions the required profile of this work package as well as content for teaching and training modules is developed in a structured way. The whole process is based on an appropriate contribution of participating universities under the coordination and with support of UNEW.
Actually, UNEW will bundle the input of the various universities and will amongst others help with preparatory guidelines at the very beginning. The implementation of teaching modules is supported through an e‐learning platform and the provision of e‐learning courses.
This work package will design teaching modules for high school education conducted in form of special modules or special summer school.
Lead Organization : UNEW
Establishing dedicated centres and hubs of training and workshop‐organization in all the issues related to Smart Grids. The centres will carry out the dual task of teaching and training in parallel with disseminating the know‐hows and training courses offered by the centres.
The equipment provided to the established centres in DU, GJU and EMI will not be duplicated and will be integrated to form a platform to deliver key infrastructure for the education centres. The centres established in GJU and DU will specialize in smart grid and grid integration Renewable Energy sources. So, these centres will be equipped with PV and wind emulators, Battery energy storage system, controllable loads, smart meters, and inverters for the batteries and the solar and, wind emulators. The equipment supplied to each centre will be calibrated differently in terms of their capacity and power level and control system. This difference can be used to show the impact of different level of
Renewable Energy System (RES) penetration on the electric grid into which these RES are integrated and the impact of their control system on their integration.
These two centres will also be provided with Real Time Digital Simulators (RTDS). Each simulator will be supplied with specific software packages, tailored towards a particular type of simulation and experimental work. One will be specialized in control system testing and power management testing, and the other for protection system testing, data acquisition, and system supervision.
Lead Organization: TTU
The aim of this work package is to develop a staff capacity development programme in the field of Smart Grid. The capacity‐building programme will be designed by UCY in close cooperation with partners in beneficiary countries (GJU, TTU, MEU, DU, ABU, EMI and AUI) based on the arising needs in coordination and support from the European partners. UCY, which is leading this work package, will implement specific training in Smart Grid technology and application. The focus of the activities will be on developing human resources and upgrading skills and capacities in this field by providing exposure to practical training and experiment. This working package will include training sessions, workshops, technical assistance and counselling services which will be organized for professors, students, engineers, technicians, end‐users and researchers. WP5 will include also industry capacity building which encompasses the ability to engage with industry, understand their needs, solicit their support, shape programs (education, E&I and research), and enlist them on the established center.
Lead Organization : UCY
The objective of this work package is to implement the established center, the prepared teaching and training modules as well as to upload and disseminate the online teaching modules amongst the target groups.
The first step to reach the objective is establishing a systematic and well‐defined implementation plan for the new modules firstly amongst the partners and later associated partners and other parties.
The implementation plan should include milestones and detailed activities to organize the implementation process of the teaching modules at the partner universities and at the established center. This is an essential step for the success of the entire project. The implementation plan must lay out how the modules will
be implemented, how to oversee the implementation process to ensure the progress of the implementation to be completed on time and within budget. Stakeholders must agree to the implementation plan in order to get involved in it and to guarantee their support for it. Under this work package, different workforce training programs will be also offered using the developed teaching and training modules. These programs cover short courses, workshops, and tailored programs.
Synergy and harmony are needed between different partners to guarantee successful implementation of the project at the centre. This should be considered in the implementation plan.
Lead Organization :GJU
Monitoring and evaluation are essential elements of an effective project management. For this very reason, the implementing of a monitoring, an internal control and evaluation system is a critical success factor for the whole project.
A specific monitoring and evaluation system will be set up to provide constant and clear information about the effective carrying out of actions to the management, allowing the optimization of resources and redirection of activities which can be affected by problems. A set of qualitative and quantitative indicators will be applied through monitoring instruments such as questionnaires, interview grids and checklists. High attention will be paid to the involvement of all actors concerned, underlining the importance of the contribution of each body involved. Once a year monitoring reports will be elaborated and addressed to the project coordinator and to the national coordinators, supporting the decision making process. The report monitors the first impact on organizations, territories and beneficiaries involved and it is used for the internal evaluation A comparison between impact and objective of the action will be made explicit. Qualitative criteria’s will deal with training activities, defining performances and standards. Finally, an external evaluate will be involved to assure a mid‐term and final evaluation
Lead Organization : TUHH
The need in the local market as well as the regional market for RE engineers and specialized engineers in Smart Grid technology and application of grid connected renewable energy resources, will be increased dramatically especially after the issuing of the renewable energy and energy efficiency law in Jordan, Morocco and Syria recently. The MENA countries have a plan to increase the share of RE in the total energy mix and therefore the need for such a program is extended outside Jordan, Morocco and Syria to the regional countries and also to international. Many activities will be organized and stakeholders will be invited as well as the companies, ministries, and media. These activities which will be the tool to spread the idea of this project and present the established teaching and training centre and will consist of seminars, reports for distribution, website to diffuse AT‐SGIRES results, newsletters, flyers and posters which will be distributed to all stakeholders. Publicity brochures will be printed and distributed across the partner universities to attract students and trainees to the new courses. AT‐SGIRES will be disseminated in the workshops, seminars, conferences, to which all universities will be invited to the workshops and are expected to adopt the project.
An external expert will ensure that the outcomes will be evaluated from an external point of view and meet the actual needs and standards of end users and target groups. Towards the mid of the second year, a dissemination workshop will be held in Marrakech to publicize developments and encourage participation of students and trainees from all MENA countries.
Sustainable activities are designed to ensure that institutions are committed, and have the ability to continue implementation of the outcomes of the project after its lifetime. To ensure the sustainability, the project will produce newly prepared teaching material that will be included in the regular programmes of the participating universities.
Lead Organization: MEU
The project will be managed in such a way as to promote a sense of ownership and motivation for each of the partners. The UNEW will be the project manager (PM) responsible for the overall operation of the project and its smooth running, financial and administrative management including the preparation of budget and reports, timeliness and accomplishment, in addition to being responsible to the EC for the activities of the consortium. GJU will assist the NU with the project management tasks.
A kick‐off meeting of all consortium members will be held at the UNEW to establish common aims and purposes of the project. The project will follow a management system, which allows flexibility in decision making within a well-defined management structure. A project Steering Committee (StC) composed by one representative for each partner of AT‐SGIRES project will be formed to discuss the projects issues, set regulations and coordinate the project. The StC will be also responsible for AT‐SGIRES Project management and monitoring of all activities progress. It will make strategic decisions about the development of the project and ensure that activities are well organised and completed on schedule and that all deadlines are met and objectives achieved. It will also be responsible for authorising the purchase of all equipment and all connected paperwork.
A Scientific and Technical Committee (STeC) will be also formed within the management structure of the project. The STeC will include representatives from all partner universities for at least one from each partner. It will be responsible for need analysis, guideline development, curricula elaboration, training contents. The establishment of a Scientific Committee is recommended to guarantee quality and competencies in Training contents elaboration. This committee will work hand‐in‐hand with the parties responsible for the preparation and the pilot implementation of the teaching and training modules.
The STeC shall support the PM during the project implementation and the quality control of the outcomes. A restricted access area of the project website will be used as a repository for updating project documents, plans and reports. The project team will use this as a prime focus for their communications.
Lead Organization :UNEW
To allow for the Centres facilities and services to exist beyond the scope of the agreed funding period, strategies and methods to transform the centre into a self‐sustaining hub will be developed and gradually implemented. This will involve continuous evaluation of training programs and assessing which are most viable in addition to developing membership programs in a manner that can ensure sustainability.
Lead Organization: AUI