Training

Sharing our experience to build a more reliable network

Your job requires rigour and anticipation. The field of electricity, which is undergoing rapid change, is highly demanding. Training is the best answer you can give to achieve the best of yourself in your company.

RTE has get an international reputation for the quality of its power system, its planning capacity and the skills of its teams. We are looking forward to sharing our know-how with you via our dedicated training courses.

Educational approaches

We offer a wide range of training courses aimed at enabling our clients to face the challenges of worldwide energy transition.

The courses cover a wide range of topics for participants from different backgrounds and with various levels of expertise. We offer solutions, tools, and methodologies to keep you ahead of the developments in the rapidly evolving and transforming energy industry.

In addition to our fixed training programmes indicated below, depending on your operational needs, RTE international prepare tailor-made programmes to focus on certain topics and exclude others. Theoretical courses are held at our premises in Paris and Lyon. Depending on the nature of the course, practical work and field visits are organised in coordination with the French Transmission System Operator, RTE.

Training available on request

Power Networks Overview

Description

RTE operates the French electricity grid and, as asset owner, maintains and develops the French transmission network, which includes over 100,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables with voltage levels ranging from 63 kV to 400 kV.

RTE international proposes study tour to have an overview of the power networks activities.

Study Tour Content

  • Grid Management and Operations
  • System security – associated rules
  • Balance Responsible Entity Mechanism
  • Adjustment Mechanism
  • Asset Management methods and tools
  • European network codes and coordination
  • Visit to French National Electricity System Operation Centre

Grid Codes

Description

The European regulatory framework is based on grid codes. RTE has been actively involved in ENTSO-E working groups and greatly contributed to teams in charge of drafting the European Network Codes.

In addition to projects and training programmes held in Europe; RTE international drafted the grid codes in Afghanistan, Niger, Turkey, Serbia, Cameroon, Equator, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Republic of Congo, and some other countries around the world and trained their personnel for the effective implementation of these codes. By drawing on its own wealth of expertise acquired in France and internationally, RTE proposes a Grid Codes training programme to its clients, covering all the essential operations that modern TSOs are required to carry out in this domain.

Topics covered

  • The role of grid codes
  • Evolution of grid codes in France and in ENTSOE member countries
  • Grid Connection related codes
  • System Operation related codes
  • Market related codes
  • Implementation of grid codes

HVDC – VSC Systems

Description

The large-scale development of renewable energy sources in transmission grids, along with public demand to avoid construction of new overhead lines, has led to increased applications of long high-voltage underground cables, the addition of dynamic reactive power support, and new HVDC links using underground DC cables.

The increasing penetration of power electronics-based devices in the network has a significant impact on grid performance and reliability. It requires improvements in control and protection systems and understanding of dynamic behaviour.

Topics covered

  • Basics on HVDC
  • First hands-on experience with EMTP-RV to illustrate HVDC basics
  • Introduction to VSC: AC/DC converters, basis on VSC controls, HVDC links with VSC
  • HVDC MMC station main equipment description
  • Converter cell description
  • Transformer arrangement and arm reactor
  • AC/DC filters
  • PQ diagram
  • General overview of converter protection strategy and implementation in real systems
  • AC fault behaviour of VSC stations (balanced and unbalanced faults)
  • Losses estimation for MMC converters
  • Basic Design approach
  • Tender Principles
  • Technical Specifications
  • Project Execution 

Grid Maintenance & French « Live Working » Method

Description

Live Working is the maintenance of electrical installations while they are still energised. The method developed and used in France for more than 50 years to avoid the disruption and high economic costs of having to turn off power in order to perform necessary recurring maintenance on transmission lines and other equipment such as substations.

Avoiding energy interruptions, maintaining a high level of availability of installations, guaranteeing the safety of employees and third parties, constantly adapting to technical developments – these are the challenges of live working.

Topics covered

  • A detailed description of the method
  • Its advantages for the maintenance teams and system operators
  • Implementation process
  • The challenges faced during the implementation of the method and solutions
  • Presentation of specialised equipment
  • Network operations during the Live Working
  • Role of the management and corporate strategy
  • Innovations and new methods
  • Visit to a Live Working Site

The European Electricity Market

Description

By drawing on its own wealth of expertise acquired in France and internationally, RTE international proposes the European Electricity Market training programme to its clients, covering all the essential operations that modern TSOs are required to carry out in this domain.

RTE, as French Transmission System Operator, has accumulated an extensive experience in the unbundling of the power sector and the set-up of an electricity market over the years. Today, the electricity wholesale market architecture in France gives the market players a lot of options to purchase or sell electricity, with different and complementary solutions.

Topics covered

  • Bilateral transactions, or “Over the counter”, for all timeframes,
  • Allocation mechanisms for the use of interconnections with the neighbouring countries, with explicit or implicit allocation.
  • A balancing mechanism allows RTE to ensure global supply-demand balance in real time and to manage congestions.
  • An imbalance settlement reconciliates ex post the market flows with the physical flows for each Balancing Responsible Party (BRP)
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Adequacy studies

Description

Managing the balancing and the adequacy at all time horizons is one of the core missions of TSOs. The Antares software, developed by RTE, is an open-source solution that support all adequacy processes, from the very long-term scenarios to week-ahead adequacy forecasts at pan European level.

RTE international has developed an extensive knowledge of the Antares software, in various context and has used the tool to manage studies for different types of networks and domains.

https://antares-simulator.org/

Topics covered

  • The challenges of system adequacy forecast
  • The different types of adequacy studies
  • Main principles of modelling a system with Antares with a market approach
  • The different options of simulation and their impact on the results
  • How to fulfil Load, Solar and Wind time-series
  • How to use the different Hydro models and understand their differences
  • How to well describe a thermal fleet from a technical and economical point of views
  • How to model a Hydro Pump Storage and a Battery
  • The right actions to test and assess the result’s quality
  • How to use R packages to illustrate the results

Power System Basics

Description

RTE operates the French electricity grid and, as asset owner, maintains and develops the French transmission network, which includes over 100,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables with voltage levels ranging from 63 kV to 400 kV.

RTE international proposes study tour to have an overview of the power networks activities.

Topics covered

  1. Overview of the market mechanisms
    • Overview of the French Electricity Market
    • Capacity remuneration mechanism
    • Balancing market
  2. Overview of System Operation
    • Overview of the system operation in France
    • System Balancing & Frequency regulation
    • Emergency & Restoration Processes
  3. Overview of the interconnected European system
    • Grid Codes impact on the TSO processes
    • Grid Connection / System Operation / Market
    • Congestion Management and integration in coordinated processes
    • Impact of coordinated operations with neighbouring TSOs

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