This November the IET is running its 5th annual course on Distributed Generation in Glasgow covering the principles, practices and fundamentals that will enable practitioners to really hit the ground running with what they’ve learnt when they get back to work. 

The course will run over 3 days and include two tailored off-site technical visits – one to the Power Network Demonstration Centre (PNDC) and the other to Whitelee Windfarm.

PNDC was the first of its kind in Europe.  The centre’s vision is to undertake a range of innovative projects that accelerate the adoption of new smart technologies, including advanced power grids incorporating renewable generation and will give course delegates the chance to see how their new knowledge is applied to real systems. It’s 11 kV and LV network environment are representative of UK networks and secure test bays allow the pre-commercial testing of primary (HV and LV) equipment and secondary (control, protection and measurement) equipment prior to being implemented in public networks.

Whitelee Windfarm is the largest on-shore wind farm in the UK, 215 turbines that generate enough to power almost 300,000 homes and couldn’t be a better example of how committed the UK is to employing renewable energy sources. It is owned by ScottishPower Renewables, which is a subsidiary of Iberdrola, one of the world’s largest developers of renewable energy, and each of its turbines generate up to 2.3MW.

Each of the three days of the course have been themed differently – the fundamentals, the connection to the network and the associated challenges of distributed generation.  All sessions delivered by some of the leading industrial and academic groups and experts in the field, including National Grid, Siemens and the University of Strathclyde

It’s been designed to be a combination of technical information and real-world case studies and you will study a large range of topics, from induction generators to power electronics, protection and standards. Standards covered include; The GB Distribution Code, G59, G83, G74, P28 and the European Standards and Network Codes – and if any of those sound foreign to you they’ll be second hand by the end!

You will receive a digital copy of all the course presentations, so you can keep everything you learned on hand for future use. There will also be a complementary drinks reception to ensure the best opportunity to network with fellow delegates and expert speakers, where you’ll be sure to establish professional contacts you can make use of for years to come.

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