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Gain specialist engineering skills in integrating renewable energy to the grid.

Discover the tools and systems used in the integration of electrical energy from a wide range of renewable energy sources.

Tackle the challenges and find solutions with our team of internationally experienced engineers. Study online, part-time and develop focused skills as a graduate engineer or energy industry professional.

This short course is part of our Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering and Masters in Offshore Engineering. The credits you earn on this short course count towards these Masters qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll gain a deep understanding of renewable energy integration, its history, challenges and solutions.

You’ll cover the advanced concepts of grid integration over three core modules:

Renewable energy source integration to grid: challenges and requirements

  • Challenges of integration to distribution systems, including intermittency of generation, voltage rise, reactive power support, and power quality concerns
  • Challenges of integration to transmission systems, which mainly concern stability
  • Review of grid codes, including national, Scottish and German grid codes
  • Static requirements, such as power factor, power curtailment, voltage/frequency range and power quality
  • Dynamic requirements, such as fault ride through

Voltage and current source converters to integrate renewable energy to grids

  • Review of semiconductor power switches, including power diodes and thyristors
  • Single/three-phase current source converters and voltage source converters

High voltage direct current (HVDC)

  • HVDC transmission for renewable energy integration
  • The challenges and benefits of HVDC
  • Review of DC grids and DC faults
  • Case studies: HVDC transmission for large wind farms

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Assess and compare different methods of renewable energy integration.
  • Discuss the challenges and practical solutions for renewable energy integration.
  • Propose suitable methods for integrating renewable energy from any source into the grid.
  • Communicate the standards for connecting renewable energy to the grid.
  • Explain direct connection of renewable energy sources to the grid.
  • Describe power electronics-based approaches for indirect connection of renewable energy sources to the grid.

Why study Renewable Energy online with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Our Renewable Energy Integration course is delivered part-time online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering and MSc in Offshore Engineering, this course is taught at Masters level.

Online learning

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of internationally experienced engineers and academics from our School of Engineering.

Industry input

Your course content is developed and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board. This group of experienced professionals ensures your learning is always in line with the latest industry trends, technology and career opportunities.


You’ll be assessed entirely online.

This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place until January 2022 at the earliest.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Masters in Offshore Engineering (120 credits plus a 60-credit project), or a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Offshore Engineering (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Offshore Engineering (120 credits)

Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering (120 credits plus a 60-credit project), or a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Engineering (120 credits)

All are available to study part-time online or full-time on campus.

Build your learning

We have a range of online short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


This course will prepare you for professional and managerial roles in the renewable energy sector.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level of teaching, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) degree in Engineering or the Physical Sciences
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of training.

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Start date
17 January 2022