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REES 5040 - Variable Frequency Drives & Electrical Machines in Renewable Energy Systems

Renew Energy Elect Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course will familiarize students with installation and operational requirements for electrical machines and variable-frequency drives in renewable energy systems. DC machine theory and generator loading will be reviewed. Students will be introduced to the renewable energy systems applications of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) including their installation needs, classifications, operation on a single-phase supply, harmonics generation, and parameterization. The control of VFDs and troubleshooting will also be covered. A significant part of the course is dedicated to application activities that reinforce the theory.


REES 5020



This course was retired after the Spring/Summer 2018 term and is no longer offered through BCIT Part-time Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Install renewable energy system rotating electrical machines in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
  • Install renewable energy system variable speed drives in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
  • Set up a VFD for a renewable energy application.
  • Apply a troubleshooting tree to diagnose problems with variable frequency drives in wind- and water-driven renewable energy PLC systems.
  • Connect and configure a power quality meter to display and log harmonics associated with a variable frequency drive.

Effective as of Fall 2016

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