Licensing and Software Editions

Software Editions

In addition to the Licence Type, the user can choose from the following installation options, according to 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 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 who need to manage a group of individual licences. A Licence Manager (which comes with the PowerFactory software) provides and manages the licences, which are accessed by the individual users via the local network. The number of concurrent users is limited according to the number of licences that have been purchased.

  • Database: Local (SQLite)
  • Installation platforms: 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, SQL Server), 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 facilitate concurrent model building and data entry. The Team Edition comes with a Licence Manager (same as for the Multi-User Edition) and the PowerFactory Administrator user can configure individual user accounts or user groups in order to manage their access to specific licence modules.

  • 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 is 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)

This licence is offered to academic and research institutions for use in publicly funded research projects, i.e. projects financed by governments or other non-profit organisations. Commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions:
    Contingency Analysis, Quasi-Dynamic Simulation, Network Reduction, Protection Functions (Time-Overcurrent & Distance), Arc Flash Analysis, Cable Analysis, Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis, Connection Request Assessment, Transmission Network Tools, Distribution Network Tools, Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow II (OPF I & Economic Dispatch), Techno-Economical Analysis, State Estimation, Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification, Scripting and Automation.
  • 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)

This licence is offered to universities and other academic institutions for education purposes. The licence is particularly suitable for use in practical courses of up to 25 students. Commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions:
    Contingency Analysis, Quasi-Dynamic Simulation, Network Reduction, Protection Functions (Time-Overcurrent & Distance), Arc Flash Analysis, Cable Analysis, Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis, Connection Request Assessment, Transmission Network Tools, Distribution Network Tools, Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow II (OPF I & Economic Dispatch), Techno-Economical Analysis, State Estimation, Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification, 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 who have a valid student ID card. Commercial use is not allowed.

  • Functions: pre-defined package including basic functions and the following advanced functions:
    Contingency Analysis, Quasi-Dynamic Simulation, Network Reduction, Protection Functions (Time-Overcurrent & Distance), Arc Flash Analysis, Cable Analysis, Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis, Connection Request Assessment, Transmission Network Tools, Distribution Network Tools, Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow II (OPF I & Economic Dispatch), Techno-Economical Analysis, State Estimation, Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification, 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. 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 Local (SQLite) or
Multi-user (Oracle, SQL)
Local (SQLite) Local (SQLite) Local (SQLite) Local (SQLite)
Installation Platforms Local: MS-Windows 7, 8, 10
Application Server: MS-Server (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016) or Citrix Terminal Service    
Supported Editions Single-/Multi-User or Team Multi-User Multi-User Single-User Single-User

³ At additional cost.