Empowering Electrical Professionals: The Power of Power Quality University

The electrical industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies and challenges emerging all the time. One area that demands increased attention and education is power quality, a critical factor influencing the reliability and efficiency of any electrical system. 

Recognizing this need, Power Quality University (PQU) provides a comprehensive platform for training, testing, and evaluation on all aspects of power quality, catering to a diverse range of electrical professionals.

On this Power Grid podcast episode, host Brian Branigan shares his insights and expertise on this topic. 

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: History and Philosophy

PQU was born from the desire to bring specialized power quality knowledge directly to customers. While manufacturers often provided comprehensive product training, translating that information into practical, digestible education for local clients proved challenging. 

PQU seeks to address this gap by offering tailored courses that cater to the specific needs and challenges faced by electrical professionals in their day-to-day work.

PQU’s philosophy revolves around a “hands-on” approach, utilizing demonstrations, real-world examples, and interactive discussions to make complex concepts more accessible. 

The curriculum extends beyond just power quality, encompassing subjects such as data center infrastructure, energy efficiency, and emerging technologies, ensuring professionals stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing industry.

Ultimately, PQU aims to empower electrical professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to:

  • Improve power quality: 
  • Diagnose and resolve power quality issues in existing systems.
  • Enhance system reliability: 
  • Design and implement robust electrical systems.
  • Optimize system efficiency: 
  • Reduce energy consumption and costs.
  • Protect sensitive electronics: 
  • Safeguard mission-critical equipment from power disturbances.



Flexible Learning Options: Class Formats and Benefits

PQU recognizes that busy professionals need flexible learning options. Therefore, they offer various class formats to cater to different schedules and learning preferences.

Lunchtime Discussions

These compact, 50-minute sessions, typically held on the third Thursday of each month, are perfect for a quick knowledge boost during your lunch break. They offer a concise overview of specific power quality topics and feature engaging discussions led by industry experts. 

Two-Hour Presentations

For a more in-depth exploration of specific subjects, PQU hosts two-hour presentations on the first Friday of each month. These presentations combine a formal agenda with videos, hands-on demonstrations, and deep dives into the chosen topic.  

Remote visits to factories and live Q&A sessions with experts further enhance the learning experience.  

The Uptime Series: In-Depth Discussions

This popular series fosters interactive learning through discussions led by industry subject matter experts.

PowerPoint slides serve merely as guides, allowing participants to delve deeper into real-world applications, share experiences, and ask questions in a collaborative environment. 



In-Person Presentations: Bringing Learning to Life

PQU also hosts in-person classes at various locations across the country. These events, often tailored for specific groups such as IEEE meetings, electrical inspectors groups, or utility companies, feature the same comprehensive content as the online courses. 

  • However, they provide the added benefit of:
  • Specialized equipment and demonstrations:  
  • Experience equipment firsthand and witness the practical implications of power quality concepts.
  • Networking opportunities: 
  • Connect with peers, industry experts, and potential partners.
  • Marketing materials and resources: 
  • Access valuable information and resources to support your work.


Enjoy provided meals and refreshments, further enhancing the learning experience.

No matter which format you choose, PQU classes offer valuable benefits:

  • Professional development hours: 
  • Earn credits to enhance your credentials and advance your career.
  • Presentation copies:  
  • Retain valuable reference materials for future use.
  • Certificates of completion: 
  • Demonstrate your commitment to continuing education and expertise.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Class Subjects and Target Audience


PQU boasts a diverse curriculum covering the full spectrum of power quality knowledge, from foundational concepts to specialized applications. Popular subjects include:

  • General Power Quality Fundamentals: A comprehensive introduction to power quality concepts, issues, and solutions.
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries for UPS Systems: Explore the advantages and applications of this emerging technology.
  • Generator Docking Stations:  Learn about the benefits of these systems for enhanced power reliability and uptime. 
  • Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations:  Gain insights into the unique power quality considerations related to this growing trend.
  • Electrical Code Updates:  Stay abreast of the latest code requirements and their impact on your work.
  • Power Factor, Harmonic Mitigation, and Grounding:  Delve deeper into specific power quality issues and their solutions.

PQU’s target audience includes a broad range of professionals involved in the design, implementation, maintenance, and management of electrical systems. This includes:

* Electrical Contractors

* Facility Managers

* Network Specialists 

* Engineers

* Data Center Managers

PQU strives to offer something for everyone, providing valuable education at every level of expertise.

PQU: Empowering Your Electrical Expertise

The need for power quality expertise has never been greater. As electrical systems become increasingly complex, and downtime becomes increasingly costly, professionals need the knowledge and skills to ensure reliability, efficiency, and protection. 

Power Quality University provides a valuable resource, equipping individuals with the tools and understanding they need to navigate this critical aspect of the electrical industry. 

If you’re ready to elevate your electrical proficiency and contribute to a more reliable and efficient power grid, visit us or explore the links provided to discover the plethora of courses and resources available to you. Power Quality University: Where learning empowers real-world solutions. 

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