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Shunt Capacitor Bank Design and Protection Basics

COURSE NO: E03-027
Shunt Capacitor Bank Design and Protection Basics
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course addresses the issues related to the technical implementation, exploitation and protection of capacitor bank systems. It presents different capacitor bank systems, configurations and their protection schemes.


Shunt capacitor units are typically used to deliver capacitive reactive compensation or power factor correction. The use of shunt capacitor units has gained popularity because they are quite affordable, simple to install and commission, and can be placed anywhere in the electrical distribution system. Their usage has additional advantages on the electrical distribution system such as enhancement of the voltage at the load side, increased voltage regulation, decrease of power losses, and decrease or postponement of investments in electrical transmission network. The primary weakness of the shunt capacitor units is that their reactive power generation is relative to the square of the voltage, and accordingly when the voltage is low and the electrical system needs them most, they are delivering the least amount of the reactive power.


This 3 PDH online course is suitable for electrical engineers with a desire to understand the fundamentals of capacitor unit operation and associated protection principles.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the basic theory and shunt capacitor bank background
  • Knowing the details of capacitor bank configurations and capabilities
  • Learning about capacitor bank protection schemes and principles (balanced vs. unbalanced)
  • Learning about various capacitor bank protection methods against internal faults
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document which is based on available theory and practice for evaluating shunt capacitor banks and their protection arrangements.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Shunt Capacitor Bank Design and Protection Basics (373 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 3 PDH credits.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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