The Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) in partnership with the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), recently delivered a two-day Grid Connected Renewable and Distributed Generation, continuing professional development course. Held at the Innovation Campus, the course was taught by UOW academics, research staff and invited industry experts and attracted industry professionals from a number of local and interstate companies.

Renewable and distributed generation is a hot topic in the world of electrical power engineering. With more and more individuals and businesses looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to coal power, people are turning to renewable energy systems. In addition, the rapidly increasing installation of large-scale renewable energy generation including solar and wind farms has increased the complexity and uncertainty in operation, control and protection of electricity networks.

This course gave a practical understanding of the principles, practices and problems associated with grid connection of these resources. 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 the integration of these new generating units.

The APQRC continue to offer a range of electrical power related, continuing professional development courses which are assisting industry to understand and better implement the many disruptive technologies currently being deployed on electricity supply networks. The next course on offer will be an Energy Storage course on the 29th – 30th November 2018. Interested parties can register for the course online.