Managing Power Quality in Electrical Distribution Systems

Online /
May 11 - 12, 2021 /
Course Code: 11-0446-ONL21

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  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
Understand the electrical power quality issues
Apply the mitigation solutions in your distribution systems
Be aware of the effects of poor power quality on the electrical equipment
Broaden your knowledge of design concepts and applications of power quality solutions 
Review the electrical parameters and their impact on operation of electrical systems
Enhance your knowledge of power quality requirements
Gain more insight into the fundamentals of energy use optimization in electrical design
Upgrade your electrical system to improve energy efficiency and avoid power quality problems
Review transformer, substation, distribution systems, motor and other equipment applications

This course, focused on power quality concepts, revisits low and high voltage electrical circuits, equipment, systems and loads used in industrial and commercial facilities, and provides an understanding of the power quality issues in power distribution systems. You gain practical understanding what Power quality is, what causes the issues, what is the effect and how to fix them.

After the course participants will be able to apply the concepts in their work situations. They will be able to review the electrical systems and determine what mitigation solutions need to be applied. They will be able to review the substation, distribution systems, motor and other equipment electrical design procedures and their impact on operation of electrical systems.

Course Outline:

  • Review of basic electrical concepts
  • System design philosophy
  • Power factor correction
  • Elimination of voltage unbalance
  • Harmonics and resonances
  • Standards, recommended practices, guides
  • Power quality measurements
  • Active conditioning
  • Predictive maintenance

Who Should Attend
No electrical design experience is required. All topics begin at the fundamentals level and bring you to the present state-of-the-art: Electrical Engineers with limited design experience • Technologists and Technicians involved in Electrical Systems in Industrial Applications, Commercial and Institutional Buildings and Facilities • Plant, Project and Facility Engineers • Electrical Contractors • Sales Engineers involved with Electrical Equipment and Systems

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Faculty: Ajit Bapat, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA

Program Outline

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Learning Outcomes

Review of Basic Electrical Concepts
• Voltage, current, power
• Resistance, inductance, capacitance
• Ohm’s law, RMS, average values
• Three-phase systems
• Power factor

System Design Philosophy
• Definitions and Symbols, Voltage levels and control, Load characteristics
• Circuit arrangements

Power Quality Concepts and Fundamentals  
• Types of electrical disturbances
• Overvoltage, Under voltage, Voltage unbalance and transients  
• Voltage fluctuations and interruptions
• Induced low frequency variation

Reactive Power Compensation and Harmonic Control
•Power factor correction
•Application of capacitors
•Improving voltage
•Reduction of losses

Harmonics and Resonances
• Non linear loads
• Harmonic filters
• Integration of UPS
• Standby power

Harmonics Generation
• Converters
• Arc furnaces
• Static Var compensation
• Inverters for distributed energy resources
• Electronic phase control
• Switch mode power supplies
• Pulse width modulated drives

Day II

System Response Characteristics
• Resonant conditions 
• Natural Resonant Frequency and Resonance elimination
• Harmonic magnification by capacitor 
• Parallel resonance with utility source impedance
• Effect of system loading
• Effects of harmonics on power equipment

Power Quality Measurements
• Control of harmonic currents
• Methods for evaluating new harmonic sources
• Developing solutions for harmonic problems
• Reactor connected capacitors
• Analysis methods
• Elimination of Voltage unbalance

IEEE 519 and Recommended Practices for Individual Customers and Supplying Utilities

Active Conditioning and Active Harmonic Control

Predictive Maintenance and Monitoring

Questions and Answers

Daily Schedule:
10:00  Session begins
6:00  Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment breaks during each morning and afternoon session.


Ajit Bapat, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA

Ajit is well known in the electrical distribution field for his 40 years of expertise in the art and science of ground fault protection.

He holds Master's degrees in business administration and electrical engineering, specializing in power systems and power system protection. He has particular interest in ground fault protection; digital metering systems; microprocessor based integrated systems for protection; and the metering, monitoring, and control of power distribution systems. A member of Professional Engineers Ontario, he is also a senior life member of the IEEE.


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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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