What is power systems engineering | An Intro to PE Basics

Power Systems Engineering

Power Systems Engineering is the sub-field of electrical engineering

Power engineering, also called Power Systems Engineering, is a part of electrical engineering that deals with the designing and maintenance of industrial applications to generate, distribute and utilize electric power. These industrial applications include turbines, generators, transformers, electric motors, power electronics, and many more.  It has many applications in the power and energy industry. It is also named as power system engineering.

Electric Power is a rate at which it measures how much amount of work is done and the transformation of energy into an electric circuit. It helps to determine how much energy you have used within a span of time.  Electric Power stands with the letter P in the given formula.

In the technical definition, you refer to electric power as a mathematical product of voltage and current.

A Look at the History of Power Systems Engineering – With Facts

Power Systems Engineering as the most basic and the first term concept was introduced by Michael Faraday in the year 1831, when he founded about the Electromagnetic Induction Principle. This principle speaks about the change in the magnetic flux that produces an electro-motive force in the loop of a wire. It generally helps us to know how generators and transformers function.

In the year 1881, the world’s first power station was made in England. This electric station is also called as Pearl Street Station as it had advanced them in providing steam power. This station had many generators that originally powered 3000 lamps, hence delivering electricity to 59 customers.

In London, two engineers named Lucien Gaulard and John Dixon Gibbs experimented with the first transformer, which was suitable to supply the real power system. It lighted up to 40 kilometers / 25 miles of railway from the single alternative generator. Even after the outcome of the good result, the system showed, that these pair of engineers made several mistakes like attaching the primaries of the transformers. When they are connected, switching the lamp on or turning it off, would affect other lamps down the line.

William Stanley, an American Physicist tried to resolve this issue and he also informed that an iron core of a transformer a fully enclosed loop would boost the voltage regulation in the secondary windings. Using this knowledge, he developed the world’s first practical transformer-based alternative current power system. Gravity batteries are an energy transition solution to renewable resources.

Followed by the demonstration of an induction rotor by Galileo Ferraris in the year 1885, the Serbian – American Engineer Nikola Tesla registered all the patents related to power systems including the practical two-phase induction motor. During the year 1890, the power industry had seen growth and many power companies started developing thousands of power systems in the United States and Europe Region. Nearly all parts of the electricity system can affect the environment. Most of the environmental issues are solved with environmental management solutions and steps like promoting renewable resources with low carbon emission

Sub – Fields under Power Engineering

  • Electricity Generation – Involves in selecting, designing and constructing the facilities that will be used to convert energy into electric power
  • Electric Power Transmission – Engineering the high voltage transition lines and facilities. There are two kinds of transmissions happening, which are
    • Built Transmission System
    • Sub Transmission System
  • Electric Power Distribution – Handling the distribution process of the power system from a substation to an end customer
  • Power System Protection – Study the courses of action an electric power system can fail, detecting the causes and protecting it from failing.

About RSE FZE Engineers

RSE FZE has a specialized team of trained engineers, who have completed their education in the field of Power Systems Engineering. They try to adopt new innovative forging-based solutions technologies and methods, which will help in generating electricity through renewable energy resources like wind and solar energy technology to developing a sustainable future. The forging industry has a great impact on implementing energy efficiency in UAE.

We manufacture several forged parts such as shafts for wind turbine, shafts for turbine generators, turbine blades, hydraulic turbine and hydroshafts, cylinders, rolls, rings, seals, and many more. With the rising oil prices and global energy industry investments several largest oil producing countries like UAE is investing more in renewable energy which has given the rise in demand for EVs, forged mechanical parts for hydraulic turbines, floating wind turbine (history of wind turbines), etc. Also, the development of smart buildings in UAE, has made Dubai: A Sustainable and Smart City to live in.

Our engineers are involved in making these industrial equipment components through various types of forging methods (open die forgings) and this final product goes through several quality control testing and inspections carried out before it is finally delivered to our business clients.


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