Training course: Power System Protection

This four-day training course provided by DNV’s Energy Academy addresses all the main topics and trends relating to power system protection. It provides the knowledge and guidelines needed for the design and setting of modern power system protection systems.

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Power system protection systems play a crucial role in establishing reliable electrical power systems. Poorly designed protection systems may result in major power failures. Due to the increasing importance of electricity, such power failures can have a serious impact on society and the economy.

Knowledge of power system protection systems is key when it comes to optimising the reliability level of electrical infrastructures. With the advances in protection and communication technology in recent decades plus the strong increase of renewable energy sources, the design and operation of power system protection systems has become ever more challenging.

This training course presents the fundamentals of power system protection and its application. A very “hands-on” is used to teach the concepts. Understanding is reinforced with real world examples. Interaction is encouraged between participants and the presenters, to underpin the learning objectives.

Your benefits

• Develop an understanding of the most common types of protection.

• Learn how to apply the theory to a range of practical examples.

• Comprehend the jargon when specifying protection and control equipment

• Understand how to determine relay settings, and/or evaluate systems designed by others

For whom?

This course is designed for technical professionals working in transmission or distribution network operator companies, consultancy organisations, in large industries or government organisations involved in design, engineering, commissioning or maintenance of protection systems. It is recommended that participants have at least a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Course topics

The following topics will be addressed:Introduction to power system protection

• Protection concepts

• main and backup protection

• security and dependability

• selectivity

• Protection types

• fuses

• overcurrent protection

• differential protectiones

• distance protection

• Protection technologies

• Protection philosophies

• Protection setting plans

Introduction to power systems

• Network topologies

• Smart Grids

• Renewable energy sources

• System grounding

• Behaviour of power systems under fault conditions (introduction)

• Power system calculations

Power system and power system protection calculations

• Modelling of power systems

• Type of power system calculations

• Symmetrical component method

• Short circuit calculations

• Protection coordination studies

• Arc flash studies (introduction)

Symmetrical component method

• Theory

• Examples

Use of software programs for fault calculations (demonstration)

• Demonstration of PowerFactory

• Demonstration of ETAP

Protection Technologies

• Electromechanical

• Static

• Digital

• Operation of digital relays

• Protection algorithms

Instrument transformers

• Current transformers

• Voltage transformers

• Non conventional instrument transformers

Circuit breakers

• Types

• Specifications

Protection of power transformers

• Guidelines for protection of power transformers

• Protection concepts for power transformers

• Protection equipment typically used for power transformers

• Setting guidelines

    • fuses

    • overcurrent protection

    • transformer differential protection

    • restricted earth fault protection

Worked examples on power system protection

Protection of power cables and lines

• Guidelines for protection of power cables and lines

• Protection concepts for power cables and lines

• Protection equipment typically used for power cables and lines

• Overcurrent protection

    • setting guidelines

• Distance protection

• Differential protection

Worked example earth fault

Distance protection

• Operating principles

• Trip characteristic types

• Power Swing Blocking

Worked examples distance protection

Protection of substations

• Guidelines for protection of substations

• Protection concepts for substations

• Protection equipment typically used for substations

• Setting guidelines

• Busbar protetction

    • low impedance differential protection

    • high impedance differential protection

    • arc detection

• Worked examples

Protection of motors

• Guidelines for protection of motors

• Protection concepts for motors

• Protection equipment typically used for motors

• Setting guidelines

    • thermal overload

    • starting protection

    • load jam protection

    • locked rotor protection

• Worked examples

Special protection functions

• Switch onto fault protection

• Supervision of instrument transformers

• Trip circuit supervision

• Autoreclose

Protection of generators

• Operating diagram

• Protection devices

Arc flash studies

• Safety

• Standards

• Execution of an arc flash study

Frequency and voltage protection

• From components to system protection

• System disturbance

• Frequency protection

• Voltage protection

Wide area protection

• Basic concepts of wide area protection

• Phasor measurement unit

• Application of wide area protection systems

Protection of HVDC networks

• Protection concepts for HVDC networks

• Protection of point-to-point HVDC connections

• Protection of meshed HVDC networks

• Worked examples

• DC breakers

    • need for DC breakers

    • latest development

Relay setting managment

• Demonstration of setting software

• Relay logic

Testing of power system protections

• Standards

• Test plan development

• Test equipment

• Closed loop versus open loop testing

• Examples of test plans

• Commissioning test sheets

Failure investigations

• Approach

• Tools

• Examples

IEC 61850

• The digital substation

• Introduction to the IEC 61850 Standard

• Engineering of protection system using IEC 61850

• Testing of power system protection systems based on IEC 61850

• Points of attention when applying IEC 61850 Standard

• Conformance

• Worked examples

Trends in power system protection

• Unconventional instrument transformers

• Adaptive protections

• Wide area protection

• IEC 61850

• The digital substation

• Distribution automation

Protection of power systems with high degree of renewable energy resources

• Impact of renewable energy sources on classical protection concepts

• Protection of wind turbines

• Protection of solar power plants

• Separate standar for PV fuses

• Worked examples

Evaluation and Records of completion


Please note that the order of topics in this schedule is random and may be adapted and changed before or even during the training.

Practical information

For the following items, please refer to the registration form:

  • Course dates
  • Venue details
  • Registration fee
  • Payment and cancellation conditions

The training and all course materials will be in English. To encourage active participation, the number of participants is limited to 20. Click here for more information and to register for the upcoming course.

In-company and customised training courses

On request, DNV can also develop customized and in-company training courses. Content, location and duration of the course can be adapted to your specific needs.

For more information please contact us

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