PQ Module 1

The application of Power Quality

This is part one of a 3-day course aiming to instil the knowledge and understanding pertaining to the basic principles of PQ

(Part 2 can be found here.)

  • How do Energy Regulators regulate electrical power quality?
  • What does the concept of “compatibility” between supply and use conditions aims to achieve?
  • International, regional and national PQ standards.
  • What is the NRS 048 about? What is the difference to for example the EN 50160?
  • What is the IEC61000-4-30 about?
  • Voltage waveform events:
    • What are voltage dips, swells and transients?
    • What is the cause of these waveform events?
    • What is the direction to the voltage dip (internal/external).
    • Voltage dips and phase angle jumps.
    • Dip to trip matching.
    • Characteristic numbers in dip performance.
    • What are mitigation options?
  • Voltage waveform quality:
    • The regulation of voltage magnitude
    • Voltage waveform distortion: Total Harmonic Distortion and Individual harmonic components
    • Voltage waveform asymmetry
    • Voltage waveform flicker
    • What about the definition of power under non-sinusoidal and asymmetrical waveform conditions?
  • How do we measure these PQ parameters?
  • What are the minimum levels of PQ required by the NRS048 part 2?
    • Are there any limits to the minimum levels of PQ?
    • What is a compliance level?
  • The assessment of a single PoC for compliance to the minimum requirements of NRS048 part 2.
  • The reporting of PQ according to the requirements of the NRS048.

Course dates:

16 to 18 October 2017

Cost: R8 000 (Exclusive VAT)

Venue: NWU Campus, Potchefstroom



Administrative: Level 1

Price: R 8 000 (VAT excl.) for a 3-day course in Potchefstroom. This cost includes both Module 1 & Module 2

  • It is presented on campus because of a focus on practical sessions; some are done in a laboratory to demonstrate fundamental principles, others are by means of a tutorial session. 
  • A feature of the course is to not only lecture PQ, but to apply PQ by means of applying the principles.
  • Eskom Power Quality Handbook, is useful but not compulsory. It is available at: http://www.eskom.co.za/AboutElectricity/EskomPowerSeries/Pages/Our_Products.aspic
  • Participants arrange own lodging.
  • Lunches and refreshments and all course material are included.
  • Supporting software and case studies are distributed by flash disk.
  • Payment is needed BEFORE the course. The NWU will invoice and payment is then made to the NWU. Please help SAPQI to expedite payment, as expenses are not spared to ensure that participants have a memorable experience at the NWU.
    • SAPQI promote the case of PQ in Africa for Africa by using the profits towards research equipment and student support. SAPQI is not a commercial course provider in competition with the rest of the industry. We only focus on value for money.
    • If payment is made before the course, the course fee reduces by 10%.

CPD Points: Three (3) CPD points are issued by means of a NWU attendance certificate, accredited by ECSA. It is an attendance-only course, no assessment of the outcomes are made and therefore not in the category of a short course certificate i.e. no NQF level accreditation applies.