Licensing and Software Editions

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 (incl. Outage Planning), Distribution Network Tools (incl. Outage Planning), Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow (OPF I & II), Unit Commitment and Dispatch Optimisation Economic Analysis Tools, State Estimation (SE), Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Motor Starting Functions, Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification and Sripting 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 (incl. Outage Planning), Distribution Network Tools (incl. Outage Planning), Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow (OPF I & II), Unit Commitment and Dispatch Optimisation Economic Analysis Tools, State Estimation (SE), Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Motor Starting Functions, Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification and Sripting 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 (incl. Outage Planning), Distribution Network Tools (incl. Outage Planning), Probabilistic Analysis, Reliability Analysis Functions, Optimal Power Flow (OPF I & II), Unit Commitment and Dispatch Optimisation Economic Analysis Tools, State Estimation (SE), Stability Analysis Functions (RMS), Electromagnetic Transients (EMT), Motor Starting Functions, Small Signal Stability (Eigenvalue Analysis), System Parameter Identification and Sripting 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

Thesis license application forms can be downloaded here:

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)

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)

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, PostgreSQL3), 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, SQL Server or PostgreSQL3)

Installation requirements

  • Display with min. 1280x1024 resolution
  • Intel / AMD CPU; 2.0 GHz or faster
  • 2 GB available hard disk space plus additional 5 GB per user*
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM available for the PowerFactory executable**
  • Installation platforms (PowerFactory 2020, 2021 and 2022):
    Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 / Windows 11 (from 2022 SP1), Windows Server 2012 / Windows Server 2012(R2) / Windows Server 2016 /
    Windows Server 2019; compatible with Microsoft Terminal Services and CITRIX solutions
  • Licence requires regular online access (every 30 days)

* Required hard disk space will heavily depend on the number of projects handled, number of objects (e.g. size of the network modelled), number of scenarios, etc. Total disk space requirements shall therefore be determined individually.

** The required main memory will heavily depend on the network size and the type of calculations being performed. Typical memory requirement would be between 0,5 – 1 GB exclusively for executing PowerFactory unbalanced load flow, fault analysis and stability for a 5000-bus system.


Overview

  PF4C PF4R PF4E PF4S PF4T
Licensing Softkey or USB Dongle1 Softkey or USB Dongle1 Softkey or USB Dongle1 Softkey Softkey
Database Local (SQLite) or
Multi-user (Oracle, SQL
Server, PostgreSQL3)
Local (SQLite) Local (SQLite) Local (SQLite) Local (SQLite)
Installation Platforms Local: MS-Windows 8.1, 10 or 11 (from 2022 SP1)
Application Server: MS-Server (2012, 2012(R2), 2016, 2019) or Citrix Terminal Service
Supported Editions Single-/Multi-User or Team Multi-User Multi-User Single-User Single-User

More information to explore:


1 At additional cost
2 For more information refer to the PowerFactory Support Flyer
3 PowerFactory 2022 only

Upcoming Events

PowerFactory Features

Inform yourself about the features of PowerFactory.

chevron_right Features

Software Maintenance

Fixed term software maintenance contracts

chevron_right Support
PowerFactory