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.
£300 per person
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.
- 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
- 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
- Energy consumption world wide
- UK grid consumption
- Gravitation potential energy
- UK industrial use of energy
- Specific heat capacity
- Heat transfer – conduction, convection and radiation
- Units of heat
- Applications to boilers
- Principles of water tube and fire tube boilers
- Steam cycle overview
- Carnot’s theorem
- Properties of steam
- Latent heat
- Steam drum
- Heating zones
- Materials – Tensile and Creep properties
- Principles and working of a steam turbine
- Fatigue of materials in turbines
- Turbine efficiency
- The atom
- Voltage, current and resistance
- Ohms law
- Single phase and three phase generators
- AC current concepts
- 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
- Ion exchange
- Suspended solids
- pH values
arrow_drop_down_circleFuels for combustion
- Formation of fossil fuels
- Types and properties of fuels
- 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
Assessment2 hour written exam.
In class assessments
DatesDay 1: Wednesday 26th February
Day 2: Wednesday 4th March
Day 3: Wednesday 11th March
Date of assessment to be confirmed with attendee.
Available as an evening class, get in touch for details.