Power quality management and arc flash safety
- COURSE OUTLINE
- SPEAKER BIO(S)
As a result of this course, you will be able to:
- Discuss common voltage sag disturbances, origins, impacts and solutions.
- Describe causes and solutions for momentary interruptions.
- Distinguish the differences between power quality and reliability.
- Explain important elements of any arc flash safety program.
Who should attend?
Electricians, engineers, operators, contractors, facility managers, account managers and representatives, electrical service planners, new construction workers and anyone involved in operating or managing electrical equipment and systems where electrical power quality is a concern.
Gain a solid understanding of electrical power quality and its impact on your facility. We’ll dive deep into solutions to ride through momentary interruptions, voltage sags, waveform distortions and more. In addition—since modern energy efficient equipment is more complex and sensitive to power quality disturbances—we’ll discuss equipment purchasing decisions and what should be taken into account. We’ll also explore arc flash safety: What is it? What components should be considered in a facility’s arc flash safety program? Finally, prior to concluding this course, we’ll allow ample time for you to ask questions specific to your facility.
8 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 am–4 pm: Program (lunch and breaks provided)
The registration fee for attending this full-day course is $199, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.
Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.
Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given. In order to receive IACET credits, you will also need to participate in the assessment that takes place at the training. You must receive a 70% or higher in order to receive a course completion certificate with IACET listed.
AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.6 CEUs (6.0 hours) toward re-certification.
AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 6 LU/HSW.
BOC This course offers up to 6 points for BOC certified operators.
BOMI This course is approved for 6 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.
GBCI Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 6 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.
IACET As an IACET Accredited Provider, Seventhwave offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Seventhwave is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program.
WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 6 CEUs for the following credentials: Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification, Industrial Journeyman Electrician License, Journeyman Electrician License, Master Electrician License, UDC-Electrical Inspector Certification.
WI PE This course qualifies for up to 6 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must decide if this is a qualifying course as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code (more information).
- Power quality versus reliability
- Reliability: is the power on consistently?
- Regulatory reliability definitions (SAIDI, SAIFI versus standards)
- Power quality: does the equipment work correctly?
- Power quality disturbances can be measured in microseconds
Five power quality disturbance categories and impacts
- Interruptions, short term voltage fluctuations, long term voltage fluctuations, transients (spikes), waveform distortion (including harmonic distortion)
Identifying power quality issues and problems
- Elements of a strong power quality program
- Identifying the disturbance is important
- Internal power quality and equipment operation logs
- Eliminate the disturbance or immunize the equipment?
- Equipment purchasing strategies versus existing equipment
- External monitoring and your utility ally
- Internal monitoring: what, where and how?
Power quality ride through solution options
- Type of disturbance and duration time are important
- Do you want to immunize the equipment from everything?
- How much ride through protection is needed?
- Industry standards (ITC, SEMI and IEC ride through curves)
- IEEE 519: how much harmonic distortion is acceptable?
Power quality ride through technologies: purchase considerations
- Battery backups: what they do and don’t do?
- Switching time and voltage is critical
- Uninterruptible power supplies: will they do it all?
- Is a UPS susceptible to power quality disturbances?
Motor-generator sets for shorter disturbances
- Standby generator with automatic transfer switch
- What type of transfer switch?
- Constant voltage transformers: where do they fit?
- Static VAR compensators: infrequent short term sags
- Active/Dynamic VAR compensators: what do they do?
Surge suppressors: what disturbances can be mitigated?
- How much of a surge is too much?
- Understanding surge suppression ratings and what they mean
- Surge suppressors: advantages, disadvantages and alternatives
Filter, chokes and reactors: what disturbances can be mitigated?
- How much is too much? (IEEE 519 Limits)
- Understanding filter, choke and reactor ratings and what they mean
- Alternatives to filters, chokes and reactors: higher pulse number drives, isolation transformers, computer grade transformers and K-factor transformers
What is arc flash safety and why is it a concern?
- Arc flash history
- Codes and safety rules that apply? (OSHA, NFPA, NEC, etc.)
- Five steps to implementing and maintaining arc flash safety programs
Arc flash program components and considerations
- Arc flash calculations versus arc flash tables
- What information do I need from my power supplier?
- Arc flash boundaries and labeling
- Why don’t manufacturers put arc flash labels on equipment?
- Are there general guidelines we can apply to a piece of equipment?
- Implementation, enforcement and documentation
Greg Stark PE
Assistant Professor of Practice
Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department, Texas A&M University
Greg has been providing assistance to electric power suppliers and their customers for more than 30 years. He specializes in electrical industry structure, electrical energy systems and energy management, power quality, stray voltage in livestock facilities and irrigation safety and has experience in load profiling and forecasting, technical training and standards, energy management and power quality with such industry leaders as TXU Energy, Reliant and Xcel Energy. Greg has served as executive director of the Texas Agri-Business Electric Council—a liaison between the electric utility companies in Texas and Texas A&M University providing specialized training courses and technical assistance to member companies.
“How do I know I have “dirty power” if I can’t see it, smell it, taste it or touch it?”
“We used to think of power quality in terms of “are the lights on or off.” In modern buildings today there are electrical disturbances we never see that disrupt operations fast enough to be measured in micro-seconds.”
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