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Overview of Electric Distribution Systems

by Tim Taylor • Last updated 05/2021

4.7/5 (view ratings)
428 students
1 module
1:14 hours
8 assignments

Course description

GET AN INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC UTILITY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS, WITH FIGURES AND PHOTOS THAT EXPLAIN KEY CONCEPTS.

In this free short course, get an introduction to electric utility distribution systems, with Tim Taylor of Electric Distribution Academy. This course enables attendees to:

  • Obtain an overview of how distribution fits with generation and transmission
  • Understand the typical characteristics of Electric Distribution
  • Know the differences between Distribution and Transmission
  • Be able to name the portions of a typical distribution feeder and describe its layout
  • Understand the basics of distribution conductors, distribution transformers, overcurrent protective devices, and switches
  • Build awareness of the present-day challenges of electric distribution systems

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Overview of Electric Distribution Systems

  • Welcome New Instructor - Watch this video first! (05:27 minutes)
  • Part 1 - Introduction to Course (10:11 minutes)
  • Part 2 - Electric Distribution Systems (20:08 minutes)
  • Part 3 - Principal Electric Distribution Equipment (13:53 minutes)
  • Part 4 - Distribution System Challenges (24:22 minutes)
  • Class Presentation Materials (.pdf)

Instructor

Tim Taylor

Owner and Managing Director, Electric Distribution Academy

Tim is Owner and Managing Director of Electric Distribution Academy and has over 30 years of experience in distribution system engineering. He’s led and participated in many projects with many North American utilities and has also worked in Europe and Latin American. In addition to papers, articles, and conference presentations, he has served as an instructor for... Learn more

Ratings

4.7
82 reviews

428 students have taken this course

by Kirlos Nabil 06/21/2022

good

by Calvin Horton, Design Engineer, Holt Renewables 06/15/2022

This course helped to better understand distribution networks better than my university professors

by Napoleon Leoni Lanz, Owner, LEONI ENGINEERING 06/14/2022

This is a very basic lecture about Distribution systems. No formulas but good definitions and description of all components involved. Ready to go on the equations

by Marian King 06/03/2022

Thank you for breaking this down for non-engineers. Now I know a lot more about one-lines and equipment!

by Doug Palmbach 05/28/2022

This is a wonderful course for anyone, but not limited to those whom have no experience with this subject.

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