Harmonic Distortion in Electrical Networks

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Organisation profile

Premium Power provides engineering and software solutions to customers in the industrial, utility and renewable energy sectors, where mission critical reliability and energy management are of strategic importance. 

Training aim

To provide a good understanding of the causes and implication of high levels of harmonic distortion in industrial and commercial enterprise and how cost effective solutions can be designed and implemented.

Learning objectives

Understand how harmonic distortion arises in electrical networks 

Understand the effects of high levels of harmonic distortion

Understand recent trends in the general level of harmonic distortion

Understand how harmonic distortion can be reduced using harmonic filters

Have an understanding of the practical consideration when implementing harmonic filtering

Course outline


An understanding of the sources and effects of high harmonic distortion in electrical power networks.

How modern load causes and is affected by harmonic distortion.

Types of distortion caused by different types of load

How a distorted electrical supply can cause electrical systems to become unreliable and to overheat.

Difference between active and passive harmonic filter solutions.

Steps required to carry out a harmonic survey

Practical solutions for harmonic distortion

Trainer's profile


Paul has vast engineering experience. Such projects entail electrical system modelling using a variety of software’s to carry out protection co-ordination, load flow, short circuit and arc flash analysis. Other areas of exposure include power quality studies, electrical system design and wind energy design. Paul regularly carries out training on arc flash and system modelling for clients. Paul is train the trainer qualified and has just completed an MSc in Energy Management in the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of Cork Institute of Technology and the UCD Micheal Smurfit business school.


Andrew has vast engineering experience working on electrical projects, which include electrical system modelling (protection co-ordination, load flow, short circuit and arc flash analysis), power quality analysis and mitigation, electrical system design and electrical system reliability through FMEA and state enumeration methods. Andrew has just completed an MSc in Energy Management in the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

Course duration

Half day

Assessment & certification

Questionnaire at end of course.

Who should attend

Engineering manager, Facility Engineers, Maintenance Managers, those responsible for mission critical systems in the, Industrial, Data Centre and Renewable Energy sectors.