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Power Quality with a Focus on Renewable Energy short course

September 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

A two-day professional development course in power engineering.

Presented by the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre from the University of Wollongong.


The rapidly increasing volume of renewable energy generation (both large and small scale) has resulted in a renewed emphasis on power quality. Combined with the application of power electronic equipment such as variable speed drives management of PQ remains an important challenge in order to ensure that electronic equipment such as digital controls, computers and sensitive process control equipment operates as intended. This course will focus on power quality in renewable energy generation rich environments and course will give 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 distribution networks, network planning and reliability aspects for facilitating integration of these new generating sources.


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

  • Gain a systematic understanding of the various power quality disturbances, including their causes and the types of loads affected.
  • Familiarise yourself with the standards for particular types of disturbances and mitigation strategies if standard limits are exceeded.
  • Distinguish the different types of available power quality monitoring equipment and their particular applications.
  • Determine how utilities and customers can improve their power quality.
  • Appreciate different renewable and distributed generation resources, their operation, and functional aspects.
  • Gain 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 renewable 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.
  • Have a systematic understanding of the capabilities of battery energy storage systems and how they should be designed.
  • Understand battery management systems and their importance.
  • Gain knowledge of guidelines and standards for integration of energy storage systems into electricity grids.


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 want to understand how the system interacts with distributed generation, will also benefit from attending this course.

Participants may count course hours towards their continuing professional development requirements. Register below.


September 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am
September 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Karstens Melbourne
123 Queen Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Australian Power Quality & Reliability Centre
61 2 4221 3335