Simulation and Analysis of Large-Scale Power Systems with Renewables

Course Overview

Learn on power system transients and to predict the outcome of transient events on power systems. Learn about EMTP and its unique capabilities for simulating complex power systems from load-flow to time-domain in the same simulation environment.

The attendees must bring their own laptop computers on which we will install the EMTP software for the duration of the course. The attendees will also receive a free 30-day limited access to the EMTP software. Prior experience with EMTP is not required. The attendees will master EMTP usage at the end of the course. The course will move from basic level concepts to advanced simulation methods and models. The topics include traditional power systems and power systems with renewable energy systems. Large-scale power system analysis methods in a unified environment are emphasized.

Who should attend?

The course will benefit to engineering personnel familiar with power systems and who need to get more in-depth knowledge on the simulation and analysis of power systems. The course will also benefit to researchers, professors and engineers with more advanced knowledge on power system transients.

Course fee

Fee covers morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches and course materials. Registered University Students and Professors may receive a discount of 30%. The full amount should be paid before attending the course.
Cancellation Policy:
If you cannot attend, please notify us no later than three weeks before the course begins, and we will refund your fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows will not be refunded. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts. If the course is cancelled by us, you will be notified at least two weeks before the course and fully refunded for the Course Fee.
Staying at location: Hotel suggestions will be provided to you on enrollment. Each participant must cover his/her travel and staying costs.

Course schedule

The duration is 5 days.
The course starts at 8:30 and ends at 16:30. Registration is on Monday at 8:00.

Computer and temporary EMTP license

Temporary EMTP licenses will be provided to the audience. The participants must bring their own computers.



Day 1: 

  1. Introduction to the program
    • Welcoming remarks
    • The range of problems and frequencies: lightning, switching and temporary overvoltages; electromechanical transients
  2. Theoretical backgrounds on Power Systems and Transients
    • Theoretical analysis methods
    • What you can expect to learn
  3. EMTP Numerical methods for the simulation of transients
    • Load-flow, Steady-state, Automatic initialization
    • Frequency scan
    • Time-domain
  4. Introduction to EMTP using examples (exercises conducted by participants)
    • Overview: devices, pins and signals, subnetworks, libraries
    • Power and Control devices
    • Device attributes
    • Basic scripting techniques
    • MPLOT and ScopeView
  5. Basic models: switches, RLC branches, ideal sources
  6. Capacitor bank switching example (exercises conducted by participants)
  7. Ferroresonance
  8. Multiphase power-flow (exercises conducted by participants)
    • Methodology and setup options
    • Initialization IEEE-34 bus distribution test case study
    • Techniques for studying large distribution grids

Day 2:

  1. Simulation of control systems
    • Block diagrams, initialization
    • Measuring and interfacing devices
    • User-defined modeling
  2. Switching device models
    • Simulation of power electronics devices
    • Power converters and switching devices
  3. Transmission/Distribution line and cable models
    • Theory and available models
    • PI-section, Constant Parameter model, Frequency dependent models
    • Corona model
    • Application examples: various switching phenomena (exercises conducted by participants)
  4. Synchronous and asynchronous machine models and related controls
    • Case setup, controls and automatic initialization
    • Exciters and Governors with automatic initialization from load-flow solution
    • Startup from 0 Hz option
  5. Studying complete systems with high-level modules and efficiency (exercises conducted by participants)
    • Easy transition from load-flow to steady-state to time-domain
    • Switching transients
    • Temporary overvoltages
    • TRV study tool

Day 3:

  1. Analysis of a 500 kV and 230 kV grids (long exercises conducted by participants)
    • Complete system setup
    • Load-flow solution, automatic initialization
    • Electromechanical and electromagnetic studies
  2. Simulation of large grids with conventional generation
    • T0-grid case
    • Fast computation
  3. Usage of frequency dependent network equivalents
  4. Protection systems
    • Library of protection devices
    • Integration of line protection relays into 500 kV system
    • Overcurrent protection
    • Distance protection
    • Power swing

Day 4:

  1. Wind park models
    • Detailed and average value versions
    • Control and Protection systems
    • Initialization
    • Validation
  2. Photovoltaic (PV) models
    • Detailed and average value versions
    • Control and Protection systems
    • Initialization
  3. Integration of renewables in large scale grids
    • PV and Wind park integration
    • Subsynchronous control interaction studies in realistic systems using impedance scanning techniques
  4. Advanced topics
    • Fault location in complex networks based on Electromagnetic Time Reversal
    • Various demonstrations
    • User-defined modeling methods
    • Advanced programming with EMTP using scripts and various other methods
    • DLL based models

Day 5: Real-time simulations (Optional and included in the course fee)

  1.  Introduction to OPAL-RT real-time solutions
    • Introduction to HYPERSIM and OPAL-RT real-time suits
    • Compatibility between EMTP and HYPERSIM
    • Advantages of real-time simulation
  2. Simulating distributed energy resources (DER) models in real-time simulation
    • Modeling photovoltaics (PVs), battery energy storage systems (BESS) and wind turbines (WTs)
    • Design of power electronics models with FPGA-based Power Electronics (eHS)
  3. Cyber Physical Simulation (CPS) to ensure security of electric power grids
    • Challenges of cyber security testing in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for power grids
    • Demonstration of a simulated cyber attack
  4. Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing for power system protection
    • IEC 61850: Standard for communications in substations
    • Protection relay testing


Contact for training information

Frédérique PEYRET | Marketing Manager, EMTP Alliance


Jean MAHSEREDJIAN, Ph.D, IEEE Fellow | Lead developer of EMTP



General conditions

Participants will have to pay 100% in advance before the course.

Advance payment is required by credit card or by Bank wire Transfer.

In case you cannot attend the training after having registered, please contact us as soon as possible at

Under no circumstances the participants may request reimbursement of accommodation and travel expenditures.
We recommend you to make your travel arrangements once the training is confirmed.


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September 14th to18th, 2020


$2,500 USD


Advisian office
Level 12, 333 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000


Jean Mahseredjian, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow, Professor, Lead Developer of EMTP

Henry Gras, M.Sc., Director of power system studies, EMTP developer

Reza Razzaghi, Ph.D., Lecturer, Monash University, Australia

Chris Genganantha, Customer Solutions Architect (CSA), OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES