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    Power Quality and Management

    Power quality is a measure of how well an electrical system supports the reliable operation of its loads.  Poor power quality is a result of a disturbance or event in the system that can cause deviation in voltage, current, or frequency.  Power disturbances can originate from the utility supply or from operations in the plant facility itself.  A portion of this course has been designed to provide participants with an understanding of these issues that affect power quality in an industrial plant, its effects on the operation of electrical equipment, and remediation techniques used to lessen their impact. 

    Today’s industrial power systems are complex with several power sources and several loads with different level of importance to the operation of an industrial plant.  Modern power management systems help avoid blackouts and manage the system for optimum efficiency.  A portion of this course has been designed to familiarize the participants with the typical parameters that are monitored and controlled by power management systems.  It will include the hardware, communication, and software available for power management systems. 

    Upon completion of this course, participants should have a better understanding of the technology related to power quality and power management within the industry.  Having this knowledge will help each technician develop confidence and professional enthusiasm, therefore, increasing their efficiency. The knowledge that technicians gain from this course will be further expanded by on-job training and practical experience they will receive throughout the duration of their career.

    Day 1

    Power Quality Management

    • Sources of poor power quality
    • Standards for power quality
    • Measuring power quality
    • Methods for improving power quality

    Day one discussions will include power quality management topics.  Participants will be introduced to power quality terms such as voltage dips, voltage spikes, flicker, and harmonic distortion.  Reasons for these variants and methods used to control their impact will be explained. Instruments used to measure the power quality parameters and standards used for acceptable deviation levels will be covered.    

    Day 2

    Power Management Systems

    • Typical power management system layout
    • Load control
    • Active and re-active power control
    • Integration with protection scheme

    The topics on day two will cover power management schemes.  The participants on this day will gain an understanding of how brownouts and blackouts can be avoided by load shedding and load sharing techniques. They will also be introduced to voltage control using the re-active power control method. Main components found in typical power management systems, including hardware and software, will be covered. This day will conclude with a discussion on the advantages of integrating protective relay system with the power management system.  

    This course is designed for electrical technicians, maintenance planners, supervisors with operation and maintenance responsibilities, and others who work in an industrial plant setting.

    Participants should be familiar with electrical installations in an industrial setting.

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