Course NumberEE-02-401
PDH Hours2
Fault Current Limiter Testing Requirements

Fault Current Limiter Testing Requirements

The U.S. electric grid is an essential part of American life. However, there is a well recognized need to modernize the grid, and the development and deployment of “next generation” electric transmission and distribution equipment is a key part of this. With the limited investment in research and development to create and test advanced electricity-delivery technologies, grid modernization will be a more difficult goal to attain.

This course presents the results of research and development conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability on next-generation electricity delivery equipment including fault current limiters (FCLs). Prototype FCL devices were tested with the aim of market-ready devices making their debut in the transmission and distribution (T&D) system in the next five years. As these devices move through the research, development, and demonstration process, there are questions about whether or not the capabilities of commercial T&D equipment testing facilities are adequate to meet technology- and market-readiness goals.

The purpose of this research was to:

  • Identify the specific testing requirements for the different FCL designs;
  • Assess the capabilities of testing facilities in the U.S. and internationally;
  • Perform an analysis to determine where existing testing capabilities and facilities fall short of meeting the testing requirements.

The scope of the project focused on solid-state and superconducting FCLs. Additionally, because testing requirements at lower-level current and voltage levels are relatively well understood, this report focuses on testing requirements and capabilities at higher current and voltage levels as these will be the conditions under which the equipment will operate once they are installed in the electric system..

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 2 PDH credits.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Basic Switching Provisions
  • Generators, Power Transformers, High Voltage Systems, Grounding Systems
  • Generator Voltage Systems, Station Service Systems, Control Systems, Lighting and Receptacle Systems
  • Annunciation Systems, Communication Systems
  • Conduit and Tray Systems, Wire and Cable
  • Procedure for Power house design
  • Direct Current Systems

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