As part of the process of developing new qualifications on Smart Grid Technology under Project DAMOC, a survey of stakeholders was undertaken to rank and prioritise the focus areas and the list of subject specific competences.

The former, consisting of six focus areas, was derived from the Smart Grid Vision developed by the South African Smart Grid Initiative (SASGI).

These areas are: ICT Integration; Systems Optimisation; Transmission Enhancement Technology and Operations; Distribution Automation Technology; Renewable and distributed generation (Microgrid) integration; and Advanced Metering Infrastructure and other Customer Side Systems.

The latter, i.e. the smart grid subject specific competences, was developed through a process of consultation amongst members of Project DAMOC.  A total of eighteen competences were suggested, which were further grouped into six groups as follows: Planning and Implementation; Technology and Innovation; Technical Management; ICT and Data Security; Operation, Maintenance, QA, Risk and Safety; and Socio-Economic Analysis.

The survey was conducted across government (including their agencies), industry, education, utility and NGO stakeholders who are directly involved in smart grid related activities.  The list of stakeholders was mainly compiled from the SASGI list of members and associates, together with a similar list from the Tanzanian counterparts.  Out of a total of approximately 110 identified stakeholders, 23 responses were received.

The results shows that the highest ranked focus areas were “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” followed by “Renewable and distributed generation (Microgrid) integration”.  The highest ranked competences were “Skills in energy management techniques”, followed by “Capacity to plan smart grid systems”.

Besides the ranking of the individual competencies, the survey allowed the six competency groups to be likewise ranked.  These rankings occurred in the order listed above, with “Planning and Implementation” being ranked the most important competency group.

The results of this survey will allow the development of curricula with the desired content and practice, so as to ensure that graduate competencies are relevant to that required in practice within the Smart Grid Technology environment.

Process for Design of Post Graduate Degree Programmes in Smart Grid Technology.
(DAMOC Survey Outcomes)

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