PQ Module 2

The application of Power Quality

This course applies the fundamental principles of PQ. It can be applied in context of an electrical utility, a consultant or a user of electrical energy. Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to conduct a PQ campaign, compile and supervise a PQ tender, operate a PQ system, do a PQ investigation and report on the compliance of a single point of supply to the minimum requirements on QoS.

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

(Part 1 can be found here.)

  • Participants attending should have attended Course no 1, but not compulsory as some could have attained such knowledge by other means.
  • This course has an even stronger emphasis on the practical aspects of PQ. Lectures are used to introduce application, which has then to be mastered during guided tutorial sessions. A specialist from industry will be invited for a guest lecture.
  • 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 have to present their findings to the group of attendants as a tutorial assignment during the course. Participants must have a basic understanding of Microsoft Powerpoint, Word and Excel.
  • Participants have to bring a laptop to the course.
  • Real-world field data is used to assess the compliance of a single PoC to the minimum requirements set by the NRS048 part 2. Where possible, participants can contribute PQ data recorded at a site of interest.
  • NRS048 PQ reports are generated and interpreted. Other international standards such as EN50160 are briefly introduced.
  • Context to the network in which the results were obtained are used to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the results obtained.
  • The principles of harmonic, unbalance and flicker emission are presented.
  • This section of course is concluded by writing a PQ report in Microsoft Word based on a template supplied by SAPQI.
  • The principles of a PQ Management System at a utility are then presented. User requirements for PQ at a utility and at users are derived and interpreted for application on a PQ Management System.
  • The placement of PQ recorders is discussed and solutions to instrumentation requirements, data communication, storage and management analysed.
  • The operationalization of the PQ Management System at a utility is discussed based on the analysis of real-world case studies.
  • Reliability of supply is introduced. Indices and reporting requirements are discussed and interpreted as to the practical requirements and application of NRS 048 part 6 and 8.
  • An analysis of the impact that a source of renewable energy can have on PQ is lastly done. A real-world case study based on the performance of a PV plant of several MW’s is used to demonstrate principles pertaining. An introduction to the requirements of integrating a Renewable Power Producer (RPP) to a distribution grid concludes the course.

Course dates:

16 to 18 October 2017

Cost: R8 000 (Exclusive VAT)

Venue: NWU Campus, Potchefstroom



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

It can be presented anywhere in the SADC region but the additional expenses incurred, has to be negotiated.

  • Students arrange 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.