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Modern Transformer Protection and Solar/Wind Grid Integration
1/2 day on-demand seminar
Available Now (15 day access)

This course is must-have training for both new and experienced engineers as well as utility, solar, wind, and DER professionals.

Learn the proper role of transformers and the critically important protection elements needed for today’s increasingly dynamic electrical grid and NCSE (Non-conventional sources) reality. Refresh your knowledge of transformers, understand why it can be difficult to connect to the electric service grid, avoid unnecessary downtime, and better understand the power transformer’s role and challenges with DER and wind-solar grid interconnection.

What You Will Learn

      Intro part - What You Will Learn

  • power system voltages
  • the reasons for power, current, and voltage transformation
  • major parts of power systems and their meaning
  • all major components including:
    • Power transformers
    • Instrument transformers
    • Protection philosophy
    • Switching equipment
    • Substation bus system
  • The Electrical power grid key points, pros, and cons.
  • what current and potential transformers are used for & what their standard secondary values are
  • when to use each type of protection and control equipment
  • the differences between overcurrent and fault current protection elements.
  • substation and protection equipment installation options
  • Circuit Breakers (CB) protection roll and properties 
  • the mission of modern relay protection systems and the criteria they need to meet
  • The principle of digital communication and fiber optics
  • Analyze the reliability of power supply systems
  • Typical protection switching systems, their advantages, and disadvantages

2.      Trafo part - What You Will Learn

  • The structure and function of transformers and associated electrical controls
  • Advanced and Common transformer protection systems and protocols
    • Fault detection and advanced handling – internal
    • Fault detection and key handling – external
    • When to apply/not-to-apply protection 
    • Using key harmonics and frequencies for advanced transformer protection
  • Identifying deficiencies In transformers and their system protection.
  • Review and discuss Transformer protective devices and their ANSI device elements
  • Recommended solutions and settings to help correct common problem areas.
  • Current transformers (CT) as a key element in advanced transformer protection
  • Interconnection challenges of DER and wind-solar IBR (Inverter Based Resources)
  • Transformer protection challenges in the light of IBR (Inverter Based Resources)
  • Electrical application of Protection and Co-ordination philosophy
  • Traditional or Innovative protection approach facing NCSE ((Non-conventional sources of Energy)


How This Online Course Works

Get the best of both worlds with this blended learning approach.

  1. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule as you first enjoy the internet-streamed, on-demand seminar. Speed up, slow down, or repeat sections of the presentation.
  2. Upon completion, join us for one of our regularly scheduled live online Q&A sessions. A calendar of live Q&A dates and times is provided in the program access instructions you will receive. You can also email your questions directly to the instructor.
Course Access

You will receive immediate online access to the on-demand training presentation. The audio for the online seminar is only available through your computer or other Internet connected device. You will also receive links in your access instructions to PDFs for all the presentation materials in case you want to print or keep a copy.

The on-demand training presentations are available for a total of 15 days from the time any one of the training presentations is first accessed. After 15 days, your access to the on-demand presentations will expire. However the PDF formatted training program slides and other documents you receive are yours to keep.

Your Instructor
Eric Stark Ph.D., P.M.P.

Eric Stark is a Senior Trainer and Consultant with RNItechnology. He has more than 45 years of consulting and training experience and practice in industrial applications, utilities and academics in North America and worldwide. Eric has extensive experience in power system design, studies and commissioning, with special emphasis on protection, power system grounding, power flow, short circuit, power transient and harmonic studies. Eric’s recent work included several generation, micro-grid, substation and utility projects in North America, Far and the Middle East. Eric was involved in protective relay settings, transfer schemes, coordination, and load shedding schemes. In addition to his vast professional experience, with major players like General Electric, Digital Energy, a Toronto University, Institute of Technology, and has prepared and conducted numerous courses, workshops and tutorials in academics and industry, globally, for GE and RNItechnology clients. Eric's experience includes industries such as oil and gas, silver, gold and phosphate mining, cogeneration, utility systems, pulp and paper, and many application projects.

Mr. Stark has a Doctorate in EE, multiple licences and certified in Canada and  the Middle East in the electrical field and project. Management and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Program Pricing
$395 for single attendee, $295 per attendee thereafter.
Special pricing is available for groups. Please click here for more information.

If you have additional questions please email or call (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or corporate check. Your credit card will be charged at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations for online training programs can be made before the program access instructions are sent by PGS, and cancellations will result in a credit. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

Who Should Attend

Among those who will benefit from this seminar include industrial, commercial, institutional electrical engineers, plant operators and engineers, electrical technicians and maintenance personnel, electrical supervisors, consulting electrical engineers, project engineers, design engineers and field technicans.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level online training program has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required.

Why Choose PGS?

PGS training programs are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register today, and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS with their energy training needs.