Date:          22-24 April 2024, 10am-6pm AEST 

Delivery:    Hybrid Seminar (In-Person | Online)

Venue:        Rydges or Hilton Hotel Sydney |  Live Streamed via ZOOM


Volt-VAr Optimisation (VVO) is a process of optimally managing voltage levels and reactive power to achieve more efficient grid operation by reducing system losses, peak demand or energy consumption or a combination of the three as well as improving voltage stability. The concept of Volt-VAr management or control is essential to electrical utilities’ ability to deliver power within appropriate voltage limits so that consumers’ equipment operates properly, and to deliver power at an optimal power factor to minimize losses. Traditional Volt- VAr management technologies have been used by the power industry for over 30 years to reduce line losses and increase grid efficiency. Today those technologies have advanced to include Volt-VAr Optimization (VVO) sensors, equipment and software capable of reducing overall distribution line losses by 2%– 5% through tight control of voltage and current fluctuations.

Advanced VVO techniques with coordinated control schemes using capbanks, reactors, voltage regulators, STATCOMs or SVCs can help improve voltage stability, reduce line losses, peak load demand and energy consumption. Successful implementation of Advanced VVO systems depends on a wide range of factors throughout the power system network including: Load types, feeder and substation automation, SCADA, communication infrastructure, sensors, metering, feeder and bus voltages, transformers, capbanks, reactors, feeder conductor type size and length, location and size of distributed energy resources (solar, wind and battery).

Advanced VVO solutions provide a higher level of visibility into system operating parameters and a greater degree of automated control to maintain and improve voltage stability, optimize energy efficiency and deliver reliable electricity supply. Utilities are facing a dynamic operating landscape, a landscape that wasn’t envisioned when most electrical networks were designed. The increasing penetration of intermittent renewable generation sources, the increasing diversity and variability of loads are driving this volatility. Utilities are also running closer to the operating limits of these systems than ever before, making the ability to optimize within operating parameters extremely important. Successful implementation of advanced VVO schemes requires good knowledge of the technical requirements, technical and financial challenges, benefits and risks.

Seminar Overview & Learning Outcomes

The main focus of this seminar is to provide course attendees with the essential knowledge to:

  • Understand applications of VVO technologies and benefits,
  • Assess the network readiness and plan for VVO pilot project and network wide deployment,
  • Implement feeder and substation automation, SCADA, Communication
  • Infrastructures, VVO equipment, sensors
  • Operate and maintain VVO Schemes that deliver technical and financial benefit

At the end of this course, attendees should

  • Be familiar with the roles and functions of Advanced VVO in Active Smart Grids
  • Understand the principles of Volt-VAr control in power systems
  • Understand the technological advantages and disadvantages of different types Voltage and Reactive Power (VAr) systems and equipment
  • Be familiar with the best practices of VVO from other utilities
  • Be familiar with and applications of Volt-VAr Systems and equipment to improve voltage stability, minimise energy losses and manage peak demand in power systems.

Topics to be covered

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  • Volt-VAR Optimization (VVO) Fundamentals
  • Voltage Control and Reactive Power Management
  • Volt-Var Control Equipment and Voltage Optimization Control Scheme
  • Advanced DMS / EMS and Communication Infrastructure
  • VVO Benefits and Challenges
  • System integration, testing, deployment and evaluations of VVOs
  • VVO Use Cases – Examine VVO Case Studies
  • Relevant standards and guidelines for VVO

About the Seminar Leader

Our seminar leader has over 20 years of experience in the electricity supply industry. He is currently an Asset Strategies Engineer at a large utility company in Queensland and has extensive knowledge and practical experience in Voltage Control and Reactive Power Plants (SVC and STATCOM), SCADA and Automation Systems, and covering a wide range of disciplines including technical specification, design, contract and project management, construction, commissioning, investigation and training.

He was the Technical Project Manager, Technical Superintendent Representative and SVC Subject Matter Expert for 16 SVC projects with total project budget in excess of $145M. He successfully led a number of major technical investigation tasks identifying the major contributing factors to a wide range of equipment and power system faults associated with SVCs and STATCOMs

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and an International Professional Engineer, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours), Master of Systems Engineering – Specialised in Large and Complex Electrical Systems, and is finishing a PhD research in the field of Power System Harmonics and Power System Network Modelling. He is a member of Standards Australia committees and Joint Standards Australia/New Zealand committees, and a member of IEC TC 57 / WG 10 (Australian Delegate). He presented a number of papers on the subjects of SCADA, Automation Systems, Power Systems Harmonics, Voltage and Reactive Power Control and SVC projects at CIGRE and CIRED conferences. He currently delivers training courses and provides consultant services to utilities and industrial customers.

Seminar Fees (3-Day Seminar)

  • Super Early-Bird Fee

    (If payment & registrations
    are received by 19 Feb 2024)

  • Online Attendee
    Registration Fees (Excl. GST):AU$1,450
  • In-Person Attendee
    Registration Fees (Excl. GST):AU$1,550
  • Early-Bird Fee

    ( If payment & registrations
    are received by 18 March 2024)

  • Online Attendee
    Registration Fees (Excl. GST):AU$1,500
  • In-Person Attendee
    Registration Fees (Excl.GST):AU$1,600
  • Standard Fee

    ( per delegate )

  • Online Attendee
    Registration Fees (Excl. GST):AU$1,550
  • Online Attendee
    Registration Fees (Excl. GST):AU$1,650


CPD International recognizes the value of learning in teams. Register 3 or more delegates and receive 5% off current fee. Group Discount will compound on the top of your early-bird discount fees where applicable