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Energy and Power

This course is designed to guide the student through the main concepts of power generation, supply and demand with emphasis on heat and electricity. Scientific concepts will be backed up using real life examples taken from some typical power generation systems.

Technical Course

£300 per person

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Who should attend?

This course will be beneficial for any organization group or individual who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the jargon that often precedes the subject of energy and power.
Attendees do not need to have any formal qualifications but will require some technical knowledge.

Course Benefits
  • Enhanced appreciation of energy efficiency, losses and financial benefits
  • Understanding the theory behind the practise
  • Background to electrical principles and the national grid
  • Supporting knowledge of materials engineering
  • More informed understanding of capacity factors and financing leading to improved decision-making
  • Guidance on where to find and make use of the latest energy statistics
Course programme
  • Be able to design a power generation system from start to finish
  • To develop the attendees’ scientific definition of the terms energy and power
  • Kinetic, gravitational potential and heat energy in detail
  • Understand the fundamentals of energy systems (conservation and conversion)
  • Appreciation of various forms of energy conversion devices in terms of fuels and flows i.e. fossil fuels and renewables.
  • Recognize ways in which energy is traditionally consumed in our cultures through exploring statistics
  • Understand the fundamental principles of electricity including AC/DC generation and distribution i.e. the national grid.
  • Gain insights to the limitations and requirements of grid connected systems and discuss improvements
  • Understand the basic principles of good water treatment process.
  • Be able to make calculations based on energy requirements, efficiencies, losses, financial costings and other related topics
  • arrow_drop_down_circleDefinition of primary energy

    Major sources of primary energy (fuels and flows)
    Energy conversions and conservation
    Forces, energy and power definition and examples

    • Definition of work
    • Kinetic energy
    • Gravitation potential energy
    • Power and watt hours
  • arrow_drop_down_circleConsumption
    • Energy consumption world wide
    • UK grid consumption
    • Gravitation potential energy
    • UK industrial use of energy
  • arrow_drop_down_circleThermal energy
    • Heat
    • Specific heat capacity
    • Heat transfer – conduction, convection and radiation
    • Units of heat
    • Applications to boilers
  • arrow_drop_down_circleBoilers
    • Principles of water tube and fire tube boilers
    • Steam cycle overview
    • Carnot’s theorem
    • Properties of steam
    • Latent heat
    • Steam drum
    • Heating zones
    • Re-heaters
    • Super-heaters
    • Economizers
    • Efficiency
    • Materials – Tensile and Creep properties
  • arrow_drop_down_circleTurbines
    • Principles and working of a steam turbine
    • Re-heating
    • Fatigue of materials in turbines
    • Turbine efficiency
  • arrow_drop_down_circleElectricity
    Electrical Theory
    • The atom
    • Voltage, current and resistance
    • Ohms law
    Generation of electricity
    • Magnetism
    • Single phase and three phase generators
    • AC current concepts
    • Transformers
    • Power transmission and the national grid
    • Power factor
  • arrow_drop_down_circleWater treatment for power plants
    • The water cycle
    • Fundamentals of water chemistry
    • Water consumption on power plants
    • Impurities
    • Clarification
    • Demineralisation
    • Ion exchange
    • Degasifier
    • Analysis
    • Salinity
    • Suspended solids
    • pH values
    • Organics
    • De-aeration
  • arrow_drop_down_circleFuels for combustion
    • Formation of fossil fuels
    • Types and properties of fuels
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Safe handling
      • Calorific values
    • Theory of combustion
      • Chemical reaction and by products
      • Stoichiometric values
  • arrow_drop_down_circleEnvironmental impacts & sustainability
  • arrow_drop_down_circleDesign a power plant exercise
Assessment
2 hour written exam.
In class assessments
Dates
Day 1: Saturday 28th March
Day 2: Saturday 28th March
Day 3: Saturday 28th March
Date of assessment to be confirmed with attendee.

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