Licensing and Software Editions

Software Editions

Besides the Licence Type, the user can choose among the following installation scenarios which are designed to better support the intended working environment and typical IT architecture.

Single-User Edition

This edition is recommended for end users who want to install, administrate and use the software themselves on their local machines.

  • Database: Local (SQLite)
  • Installation platforms: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10; Windows Server 2008(R2) / Windows Server 2012(R2) / Windows Server 2016; compatible with Microsoft Terminal Services and CITRIX solutions

Multi-User Edition

This Edition is recommended for organisations to manage a group of individual licences. A Licence Manager (provided together with the PowerFactory software) administrates the individual licences within the organisation. Multiple users can concurrently access the licences from the Licence Manager via local network.

The Licence Manager administrator can configure the access of individual users, as for instance customising the function packages that the named user can activate.

  • Database: Local (SQLite)
  • Installation platforms: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10; Windows Server 2008(R2) / Windows Server 2012(R2) / Windows Server 2016; compatible with Microsoft Terminal Services and CITRIX solutions

Team Edition

This edition is recommended for multi-user groups requiring access to centralised project data and data sharing among group members. It features a multi-user database (ORACLE, MS-SQL) with automatic database housekeeping (e.g. schedulable overnight) and integrated project backup tools.

The users benefit from the PowerFactory team-working tools such as Master Project management, Project Versioning, Project Deriving along with Project Compare- and Merge tools, which make concurrent model building and data entry very easy.

The Team Edition comes with a Licence Manager (idem to Multi-User Edition) to administrate the individual licences within the organisation.

  • Database: Multi-user DBMS (Oracle or SQL Server)
  • Installation platforms: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10; Windows Server 2008(R2) / Windows Server 2012(R2) / Windows Server 2016; compatible with Microsoft Terminal Services and CITRIX solutions

Licence Types

PowerFactory licences are offered in the categories commercial (PF4C) and research/educational licences (PF4R/PF4E). Special licences are available for students (PF4S/PF4T).

Commercial Licence (PF4C)

This licence ist a standard licence for commercial use.

  • Functions: package can be configured individually as per specific user’s needs
  • Number of nodes: 100/250/500/unlimited
  • Licensing: Softkey or USB Dongle1
  • Support, maintenance and software upgrades already included during the first 12 months, extendable annually by a maintenance subscription

Research Licence (PF4R)

Licence is offered to academic and research institutions for utilisation in public funded research projects, i.e. projects financed by governments or other non-profit organisations. A commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package
  • Number of nodes: unlimited
  • Licensing: Softkey or USB Dongle1
  • Support, maintenance and software upgrades already included during the first 12 months, extendable annually by a maintenance subscription

Education Licence (PF4E)

Licence offered to universities and other academic institutions for education purposes. This licence is particularly adequate for utilisation in practical courses of up to 25 students. A commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions:
    contingency analysis, quasi-dynamic simulation, network reduction, time-overcurrent and distance protection, power quality and harmonic analysis, transmission network tools, distribution network tools, reliability analysis functions, optimal power flow (reactive power optimisation, economic dispatch), techno-economic analysis, state estimation, stability analysis functions (RMS simulation), electromagnetic transients (EMT), small signal stability (eigenvalue analysis), system parameter identification as well as scripting and automation
  • Number of nodes: 50
  • Licensing: Softkey or USB Dongle1
  • Limited support2 and software upgrades

Student Licence (PF4S)

This licence is offered to individual students being in the possession of a valid student ID card. A commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions:
    contingency analysis, quasi-dynamic simulation, network reduction, time-overcurrent and distance protection, power quality and harmonic analysis, distribution network tools, reliability analysis functions, optimal power flow (reactive power optimisation, economic dispatch), techno-economic analysis, state estimation, stability analysis functions (RMS simulation), electromagnetic transients (EMT), small signal stability (eigenvalue analysis), as well as scripting and automation
  • Number of nodes: 50
  • Licensing: Softkey
  • Limited support2 and software upgrades

Thesis Licence (PF4T)

This licence is offered to individual students working on a non-sponsored Bachelor/Master/PhD thesis, who do not have access to a research (PF4R) or educational (PF4E) licence. A commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: defined according to the scope of work of the thesis
  • Number of nodes: as required for the thesis
  • Licensing: Softkey
  • Licence is time limited
  • Limited support2 and software upgrades during the granted duration period of the licence

Thesis license application forms can be downloaded here.

1 At additional cost.
2 For more information refer to the PowerFactory Support Flyer.

Overview

  PF4C PF4R PF4E PF4S PF4T
Licensing Softkey or USB Dongle³ Softkey or USB Dongle³ Softkey or USB Dongle³ Softkey Softkey
Database Individual oder Multi-user (Oracle, SQL) Individual Individual Individual Individual
Installation Plattforms Local: MS-Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10
Application server: MS-Server (2008,
2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016) or Citrix Terminal Service
MS-Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10 MS-Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10 MS-Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10 MS-Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10
Supported Editions Single-/Multi-User or Team Multi-User Multi-User Single-User Single-User

³ Additional cost apply.