Energy and Power

This course is designed to guide attendees through the main concepts of electrical power generation and use. Scientific concepts will be backed up using real life examples taken from a typical steam powered generation plant. At the end of this course attendees should be able to demonstrate an appreciable understanding of design elements of a steam and gas power station considering efficiency and power losses. In addition, the attendees will have an enhanced understanding of the importance of fuels and water quality.

Technical Course

£300 per person

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Who should attend?

This course will be beneficial for engineers with an electrical background, as well as being equally useful for engineers from other disciplines and industrial staff who have changed roles and are now undertaking engineering duties in an energy and power sector.

Course aims

  • To develop attendees’ understanding of what energy is.
  • Identify the different forms of energy.
  • Understand the fundamentals of energy conversion.
  • Appreciation of various forms of energy sources.
  • Gain knowledge of energy developments, with emphasis on sustainability.

Learning outcomes
The participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and even design a rudimentary power plant by understanding the following principles.
  • Understanding the governing principles kinetic, gravitational potential and thermal energy/heat transfer.
  • Discerning the difference between power and energy.
  • Appreciate laws of energy conservation.
  • Being able to define and identify the concept and sources of primary energy.
  • Understand the major parts and workings of a high-pressure boiler.
  • Appreciate and calculate the energy required to make steam.
  • Understand the limitations posed by materials in power station design.
  • Comprehend the physics of steam and gas turbine design including the use of materials.
  • Basic electrical theory.
  • Electrical power generation and transmission.
  • Power factor.
  • Water treatment.
  • The properties of fuels for combustion.
Course programme
  • Definition of Primary Energy
  • Consumption
  • Thermal Energy
  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Electricity
  • Water Treatment for Power Plants
  • Fuels for Combustion
  • Environmental Impacts & Sustainability
  • Design a Power Plant Exercise
Three assignments plus a 2 hour written exam.
Day 1: Wednesday 26th February
Day 2: Thursday 27th February
Day 3: Friday 28th February
3 days plus assessment.
Date of assessment to be confirmed with attendee.

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