The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is conducting research and development (R&D) on next-generation electricity delivery equipment including fault current limiters (FCLs). Prototype FCL devices are undergoing testing 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.
This professional engineer online course will:
- Identify the specific testing requirements for the different FCL designs;
- Consider the capabilities of testing facilities in the U.S. and internationally;
- Discuss where existing testing capabilities and facilities fall short of meeting the testing requirements.
The scope of this approved online course is focused on solid-state and superconducting FCLs. Additionally, because testing requirements at lower-level current and voltage levels are relatively well understood, this professional engineer (PE) class 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. This online PE course is approved for 2 hours.
Professional Development Hours: 2