Shunt Capacitor Bank Design and Protection Basics
Author: Velimir Lackovic
Shunt capacitor units are typically used to deliver capacitive reactive compensation or power factor correction. The use of shunt capacitor units has gained popularity because they are relatively inexpensive, simple to install and commission and can be placed anywhere in the electrical distribution system. Their usage has additional advantages such as: enhancement of the voltage at the load side, increased voltage regulation, decrease of power losses and decrease or postponement of investments in electrical transmission network. The primary weakness of the shunt capacitor units is that their reactive power generation is relative to the square of the voltage and, when the voltage is low and the electrical system needs them most, the reactive power they can deliver is at its lowest potential.
This course is suitable for electrical engineers with a desire to understand the fundamentals of capacitor unit operation and associated protection principles. It covers issues related to technical implementation and exploitation of capacitor bank systems. Upon successful completion engineers will be able to address different capacitor bank systems, configurations and their protection schemes.
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits
This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Basic theory and shunt capacitor bank background
- Details of capacitor bank configurations and capabilities
- Capacitor bank protection schemes and principles (balanced / unbalanced)
- Capacitor bank protection methods against internal faults
Download the Course to review and begin earning your PDH credits.
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