Power Systems is an area of electrical engineering in which students design, model and simulate electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems.
Almost all energy is generated by hydroelectric and thermal power plants (99.2%, according to the 2011 National Energy Evaluation published by the Ministry of Mines and Energy).
Electricity is transferred from power plants to demand centers along high-voltage power lines. Low-voltage distribution lines supply the energy received from the transmission system to end consumers.
The growth and the interconnection of systems makes their operation and control complex tasks. Energy efficiency, distributed generation and smart grids are just a few of today’s challenges.
Due to the country’s increased energy consumption and the consequent need to expand electricity systems and develop alternative energy sources (wind, solar, biomass, etc.), the demand for professionals in this area is great.