Introduction to Power Quality

March 15th -18th, 2016
4-Day course
Australia - Brisbane

Introduction to Power Quality

Language: English. As the software is in English all supports will be written in English. 
Course Fees: 1500 USD* for the 4 days per person. Fee covers coffee-breaks, lunches and course material and certificate.

(A 3% fee is applied for credit card payments)


You can register now on POWERSYS Website: Register Now


Course objectives:

This will be a workshop with lectures together with hands-on exercises. The workshop will cover the broad area of Power Quality (PQ) which includes harmonics, flicker, unbalance, voltage dips and rises. The main focus of the workshop will be on harmonics.  

Note that the concepts involved in power quality are presented by the lecturer in their general form and the user can apply this knowledge on the software platform of their choice (to the extent that it supports the functionality required). Indeed some of the more elementary calculations can be effectively computed using Microsoft ExcelTM for example. In this workshop the sessions will be based on EMTP software since it has the full capabilities required for every aspect of the course. 

Since this workshop is based on the EMTP platform, EMTP have offered to provide training on this platform on Day 1. Each user will be provided with a fully licensed EMTP software for the duration of the course.

The next three days of the course will be presented in the form of general lectures by the speaker together with hands on examples that will be performed using EMTP software.

Course structure:

The duration of the course is 4 days. The course starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. every day.

Computer and temporary EMTP-RV license:
Each participant will have to bring a personal computer. EMTP-RV temporary licenses will be provided for the duration of the course.



Graduated with a BE (Hon's) (Elec) in 1985, followed by an MEngSc (Elec) in 1987 and a PhD in 1991, all from the University of Melbourne.

Francesco lectured at the University of Melbourne from 1991 until 1995 and was then appointed senior lecturer at Monash University where he worked from 1995 until Dec 2007. Francesco spent the first half of his academic career in modelling large-scale electrical power systems for short- and mid-term stability studies. From here Francesco spent the next half of his academic career investigating methods of automatic control theory that could be applied to various types of power system problems. Francesco has published numerous research articles in leading international journals in the areas of power systems and control. Since 2008 Francesco has been Managing Director of F C Power Solutions Pty. Ltd. (A.C.N. 130 583 470).


Intended audience:

EMTP-RV users that want to increase their level of knowledge on the software usage and applications.




Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Introduction to EMTP

Introduction to Power Quality

Modelling of Harmonics

Managing Harmonics from the Customer Viewpoint

 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM





 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Using EMTP

Standards for Power Quality

Managing Harmonics at the Transmission Level – HV, MV and LV

Flicker, Unbalance, Voltage Dips/Rises



Session 1: Introduction to Power quality

  • What is Power Quality?
  • An introductory look at harmonics
  • An introductory look at flicker
  • An introductory look at unbalance
  • An introductory look at voltage dips and rises
  • Hands-on examples using EMTP


Session 2: Defining and quantifying Power Quality - standards

Standards: The IEC 61000 and IEEE P519 are two commonly used standards. This session will examine in depth only the IEC 61000 standard.


  • Harmonics

- Harmonic summation law

- Short-term and very short-term harmonics

- Time-at-value statistical interpretations, the 95% and 99% rules

- Measurement

  • Flicker

                - The flicker curve

                - Flicker summation law

  • Unbalance

                - Unbalance summation


Session 3: Modelling of Harmonics

  • Theory of harmonics, integer and non-integer
  • Review of electrical engineering science:

                - Phasors

                - Laplace transform

                - Frequency response

                - Passive networks

  • Models of typical power system components

                - Transmission lines

                - Transformers

                - Switched capacitors

                - Loads

                - Generators

  • Modelling using EMTP

                - Simple linear networks 

                         - Direct frequency-domain representation

                - “Smooth” nonlinear networks with saturation 

             - Hybrid frequency-domain representation

                - Nonlinear networks with saturation and switching

                         - Time-domain representation


Session 4: Harmonics from the network service providers point of view

This session explains how the network service provider allocates harmonics to the customer.

  • Concepts covered:

               - Voltage propagation coefficient

                - Supply capability

                - Stages of allocation

  • Load forecasts
  • What happens when the network changes in 10 years’ time?


Session 5: Harmonics from the customer point of view

This session explains how a Customer, for example a wind farm or solar farm, can predict its harmonic penetration into the electrical network at the point of connection. To do this a Customer needs to have received a harmonic allocation from the network service provider which states the limits to which it is entitled to emit harmonics at. In addition the Customer needs to know the harmonic impedance at the point of connection – this will be provided by the network service provider.

Example using EMTP: A wind farm connection to a network. A sample turbine harmonic emission table will be provided. A sample harmonic emission limit allocation will also be provided. The task is to determine whether the harmonic emissions are compliant with the allocated limits.


Session 6: Flicker, unbalance and voltage dips and rises

  • Flicker

- Definition

- Some motivating examples

- Examples using EMTP

  • Unbalance

- Definitions

- Positive, negative and zero-sequence networks

- Examples using EMTP

  • Voltage Dips and Rises

- Definitions

- Examples using EMTP


Course location

Centenary Technology Park

532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd

Sinnamon Park QLD 4073


General conditions

Cancellation Policy :
Please register as early as possible if you plan to attend the EMTP-RV course. As soon as the minimum of participants is reached, POWERSYS will confirm the course.
The registration fee for the course includes the lunch and coffee breaks.
Participants will have to pay 100% in advance before the course. Payment will be made by bank transfer or credit card in USD.

Cancellation can be made according to POWERSYS’ General Conditions for courses:

Withdrawal from the Course:
In case you cannot attend the course after having registred, please contact us as soon as possible at marketing@powersys.fr
In case of cancellation three weeks OR MORE before the beginning of the course, the participants will not be charged.
In case of cancellation less than three weeks before the beginning of the course, POWERSYS will charge the participant 50% of the course fees.

Please note that POWERSYS will not reimburse any travel and/or accommodation expenditure in case of cancellation of the course. We recommend you to make your travel arrangements once the course is confirmed.


You can register now on POWERSYS Website:

 Register Now

Contact for course information:
POWERSYS   |  Les Jardins de l‘Entreprise | BP 35 | 13610 – Le Puy Sainte Reparade | France
Tel. : +33 (0)4 42 61 76 12 | www.powersys-solutions.com