If you search the web for anything related to hobby electronics, you will find a wealth of information - technical articles, papers, tutorials, even videos - and almost all of it is freely accessible, well organised, searchable and hyperlinked. Now search for topics in electrical power engineering and the situation is vastly different - the information is out there, but usually in the form of disparate and disorganised pdf documents, university lecture notes, forum comments (e.g. Eng-Tips), vendor informercials and walled gardens (e.g. IEEExpore). In our field, searchability and discovery is low, and often restricted by paywalls.
Why is information so freely available in other fields such as electronics, computer science, mathematics, etc, but not in electrical engineering? There's no acceptable reason for this to be the case, and this is therefore the problem that Open Electrical seeks to address.
The overall concept of Open Electrical is to (slowly) build a big, hyperlinked textbook / reference that bridges theory and practice and links the major subjects in electrical power engineering in a meaningful way, e.g.
- Electrical engineering fundamentals
- Power system modelling and analysis
- Power system stability and control
- Harmonics and power quality
- Electromagnetic transients
- Electrical machines
- Power electronics
- Power systems operation
- Renewable energy
Ongoing / Proposed Projects
- Classic books and papers repository: some of the seminal works of electrical power engineering are now out-of-print, ostensibly in the public domain, but difficult to get a hold of (e.g. Concordia's synchronous machines book). This project will put together a repository of classic books and papers, to be hosted or linked from Open Electrical.
- Open Electrical for researchers: an open wiki is potentially the perfect medium for sharing the state of the art in power engineering research and provide a guide for newcomers into the topic as well as a reference for current researchers.
- Standards Lists: a list of useful IEEE and IEC standards for power systems engineering categorised by specific topic and with links to the relevant site page.
- Learning Roadmap: some of the more advanced theoretical topics in electrical power engineering are presented in research papers (and even textbooks) without any guidance on what prerequisite knowledge is required to understand them. The learning roadmap puts concepts in context, i.e. where it fits in with the rest of the knowledge corpus. This will be sort of like the Khan Academy's Knowledge Maps, but for an electrical engineering audience and without the restrictions on mastering prerequisites before being allowed to proceed (perhaps good for kids, but frustrating for mature adults).