So … we’ve completed our first scheduled course for the year – Distributed Generation (DG) Analysis and Applications Course, and are gearing up for the next 3 months of classes. The DG class, of course, was a first-time course and reflects the growing interest and need in the power industry to address interconnection of generation sources at the distribution level (voltages at 34.5 kV or less). It’s also interesting to note that most of new DG use renewable forms of energy such as solar photovoltaic (PV), wind turbines and biomass. So the DG course incorporated many new elements to traditional distribution system analysis such as harmonics, voltage flicker and grounding, with new concepts addressing the cycling of transformer taps and capacitor switching and modifications to the flicker curve. (Some of these are also covered in various Pterra TechBlogs such as
“Integrating Solar Photovoltaics and Other Renewables in Distribution Systems“, Distributed Generation: Interconnection Steady State Impact, Distributed Generation: Things You Don’t Want to Miss!, Distributed Generation Impact: Sympathetic Tripping of Protection Devices).
April 26-28, 2011 ” Power Flow Analysis and Applications Course. This is a basic course for anyone who wants to learn to use the bread-and-butter tool for interconnected power system analysis, the power flow (also known as the “load flow”).
May 10-12, 2011 ” Aspects of Underground Power Cable Systems. This is a joint course with Electrical Cable Engineers and is taught by Rusty Bascom. You’ll be surprised at the variety in design and technology that is available for underground cables.
- May 17-19, 2011 – Applications in Wind Power Interconnection. We’ve added this course due to recent interest in wind turbine integration into power systems. Also, we’re including new technical issues such as switching overvoltages, harmonics, curtailment for conditional interconnections and more.
June 7-9, 2011 ” Applications in Voltage Stability. A popular course that we’ve presented an average of twice a year over the past 6 years.
Online registration is available; click here, and for fee schedule, click here. All of the above courses are at the Pterra’s Training Facility in Albany, New York, located 5 minutes from the Albany International Airport on Wolf Road. Over 20 hotels and restaurants within 10 minutes make this an accessible location. Also, the location is within a day’s driving distance from anywhere in the Northeast US and eastern Canada.
The next set of courses will be offsite. More on this as we finalize venues, dates and topics. Stay tuned to this blog!