Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre

Established 1996

Continuing Education Courses at APQRC

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Upcoming courses

Quality of Electrical Supply

The Quality of Electrical Supply course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with supply quality. This course will cover all power quality problems including voltage sags, harmonics, transients and light flicker.

19-20 April 2017, University of Wollongong

Quality of Electrical Supply (PDF 269 KB)

Following the course you will have gained knowledge and skills to assist you in the following:

  • A systematic understanding of the various power quality problems, including the causes of power disturbances and the types of load affected.
  • The estimation of the orders of magnitude of problem situations through computer simulation.
  • Knowledge of the standards for particular types of disturbances and actions if standard limits are exceeded.
  • Distinguishing the different types of available power quality monitoring equipment and their particular applications.
  • Knowledge of how utilities and customers can improve their power quality.

Who should attend?

This introductory course is suitable for all individuals working in the electrical power engineering industry. This includes managers, utility specialists and technical staff who wish to advise customers on power quality concerns, or who service large customers or who wish to understand aspects of network design, construction and maintenance techniques for maximising quality of supply. Personnel working in all areas of power system design who wish to know how the system interacts with the end-user will also gain from this course.

Applied Power Quality: Harmonics, Unbalance & Voltage Sags

Participants will learn advanced analysis techniques and methods of improving power quality by both network and plant modifications. Course participants will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through discussion and laboratory sessions.

8-9 June 2017

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Calculate distortion levels, evaluate resonance problems, apply the AS/NZS 61000.3.6 Technical Report methodologies and assess the effectiveness of mitigation methods.
  • Apply symmetrical component theory to the calculation of unbalance factors, understand the effects of unbalance on various loads and appreciate the essentials of voltage unbalance standards.
  • Determine sag depth at a site depending on fault location or motor start characteristics.
  • Assess candidates for sag mitigation and determine whether they should be applied within the plant or network.
  • Understand how power electronic devices can be used to mitigate power quality problems.
  • Better understand PQ monitoring methodology including disturbances to be measured, how they should be characterised and reported, and their acceptable levels.

Who should attend?

Utility specialists, consultants, engineers and senior technical staff who wish to advise customers on power quality concerns, or who service large customers or who wish to understand aspects of network design, construction and maintenance techniques for maximising quality of supply. The course assumes the participants will have an understanding of phasor calculations, simultaneous equations and Fourier analysis.

Grid Connected Renewable & Distributed Generation

This course will give a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with grid connection of renewable and distributed generation (DG). Further areas covered in the course include the operation, control and protection of generation-rich electricity distribution networks, network planning and reliability aspects for facilitating integration of these new generating units.

20-21 July 2017

By attending the course, you will gain knowledge and skills to assist you to:

  • Appreciate different renewable and distributed generation resources, their operation, and functional aspects;
  • Have a systematic understanding of the impact of different renewable and distributed generation resources on electricity network operation, control and protection
  • Gain knowledge of guidelines and standards for integration of these new energy resources into electricity grids
  • Be aware of the design of interfaces for different types of renewable energy resources and their particular applications for network benefits
  • Gain a practical understanding of various power quality problems associated with renewable and distributed generation integration including exposure to specific case studies, and
  • Gain knowledge of how to accommodate these devices economically without violating network constraints.

Who should attend?

Managers, utility specialists and technical staff who wish to advise customers on renewable energy integration, or who provide services to large clients, or those who wish to understand aspects of network design, construction and maintenance techniques for maximising renewable energy penetration. Graduates, end-users or personnel working in all areas of power system design who want to understand how the system interacts with DG, will also benefit from attending this course.

Continuing Education courses are offered at all levels. These range from

  • Awareness courses for senior management,
  • Review courses for engineering managers,
  • Technically detailed courses for professional engineers and technical staff from suppliers and users of electricity, to
  • Formal courses for the next generation of engineers and technicians.
  • See a list (PDF 829 KB) of courses available

The Centre, together with the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, has access to considerable experience at running practical modular short courses for Industry and several are planned in the power quality area.

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Examples of other courses available are:

Other courses that can be arranged include Electrical Drive Systems and Power Quality from an Energy Managers Perspective.

The Master of Electrical Power Engineering course is an industry recognised postgraduate qualification providing advanced power engineering knowledge delivered by industry experts to engineering graduates working in the industry. The course can also be undertaken as a Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering. See also the UOW Course Handbook for additional information on the masters course, or the graduate certificate course. To join the course Apply Online.

Workshops on Australian and International Standards are also available. Arrangements can be made to have the above courses or specially tailored courses on various aspects of power engineering delivered at your business (minimum numbers apply).

For further information and enquiries contact the Power Quality and Reliability Centre.

For the Masters of Electrical Power Engineering please contact:

Ms Raina Lewis
Tel: +61 (0)2 4221 3335
Email: raina_lewis

For other short courses please contact:

Mr Sean Elphick
Tel: +61 (0)2 4221 4737
Email: elpho
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