Distance - Fundamentals of Power Systems for Non-Electrical Practitioners (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

The course explains the fundamental principles of electric power system. It describes step by step what constitutes an electric power system, how it works, what are the associated components of a power system and their functionalities, how to work safely while dealing with power systems. It also covers why blackouts occur, what are the mitigation measures and which are the institutions that carry out those measures. The course also describes the latest developments in power system like smart grid, its components and their applications in the transmission and distribution systems.
To provide a clear understanding of power system basics to professionals who, although qualified in their own disciplines, may not have received formal electrical engineering training
Target Audience
The course is designed for individuals who are associated with power system related work but do not have direct power system background such as regulators, legal services, engineers from disciplines other than electrical engineering (structural, mechanical, civil, environmental), technicians involved in power conversion work required for oil and gas industries as well as electricity export/import market specialists will find this course to be useful. In addition, professionals who need to upgrade their current experience and knowledge of electrical power system will also highly benefit from the course content.
Forms an essential foundation or starting point; fundamental - Great for younger non electrical engineers, engineering technicians, technologists, or experienced engineers looking to broaden their knowledge in other areas.
After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To:
  • interact more effectively with other work groups involved with transmission, generation and operation of the grid
  • apply knowledge of power system in regulatory work related to electric facilities construction and operation
  • understand power system reliability issues and their impacts on electric power systems
  • enhance the safety of electrical power systems
  • participate in discussions regarding trends and developments in electric power system

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Electricity Basics
  • Fundamentals of electricity
  • Volts, amps, frequency
  • Basic elements in a power system
  • Power and Energy
  • DC System
  • AC System
  • AC versus DC System
What Constitutes a Power System
  • What is power system?
  • AC power system
  • Generators and how they work
  • Energy sources: Thermal, Hydro, Nuclear
  • Other types of power generations
  • Canadian energy sources
  • Transformers and their applications
  • Substations and types
Active and Reactive Power
  • Active and Reactive Power
  • Power factor and concept of Lead-Lag
  • Reactive Power compensation
Single and Three Phase Systems
  • Single and three phase power
  • Why do we need three phase power
  • Balanced and unbalanced systems
  • Symbols and diagrams
  • Phasors: engineers’ tool
Distribution Systems Overview
  • Voltage considerations
  • Bus system and connections
  • Residential Systems
  • Distribution index
  • Industry Applications
  • Power factor considerations
  • Power quality and their effects
Transmission Systems Overview
  • Transmission overview
  • AC versus DC transmission
  • AC power transmission – OVHD and UDG
  • Short versus Long transmission Lines
  • Inductance and Capacitance of transmission lines
Overhead Systems
  • Poles and towers
  • Conductors
  • Insulators
  • Sags and safety standards
  • Line losses and voltage regulation
  • Loss compensation
Single Line Diagram
  • Electrical drawings fundamentals
  • Main symbols and interpretations
Energy Management
  • Understanding electrical power bills in large industrial and commercial facilities
  • Ways to reduce the cost of energy.
Concepts of power flow study
  • Power System Analysis
  • What is power flow
  • Power flow diagram
  • Active and reactive power flow
  • Tutorial
Power System Faults and Protections
  • Faults in a power system
  • How to protect power system components
  • Equipment faults :Generator faults, Transformer faults, Line faults, Ground faults
  • What happens when a fault is not cleared
  • Protection of Distribution systems
  • Protection in your home
How Stable is our Electrical Power System
  • What is power system stability?
  • Power system dynamics
  • Power swing and cascading
  • System oscillations
Power System Reliability
  • Concept of electric reliability
  • North American interconnections
  • Bulk power system
Power System Safety
  • Grounding and Bonding concepts
  • Grounding Types and Applications
  • Shock Hazard and Arc Flash Hazard Analysis
  • Shock and Arc Flash Protection Boundaries
  • Electrical Equipment Protection and Safety
Blackouts and Causes
  • What is black out
  • Cascading and blackout
Blackout in North America: 2003
  • Blackout 2003 case study: How it happened, what are the impacts, what are the root causes, Task Force recommendations
Who Ensures Reliability of our Power System
  • North American Reliability Corporation and its roles
  • Reliability framework in the U.S. and in Canada
  • Reliability standards and implementation
Distributed Generation and Renewables
  • What is distributed generation (DG)
  • Advantages and disadvantages of DG
  • Types of DG: Wind, Solar, Natural gas, Others
  • Application of Renewable energy in Canada
Smart Grid
  • What is a smart grid?
  • Why smart grid?
  • Smart grid in Distribution
  • Smart grid in Transmission
  • Electric vehicles
  • Smart grid initiatives: North America, Europe, Asia
  • Smart grid technical issues: Codes and standards, Reliability, Cyber security and privacy

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