OP431 - ABC's of Power Generation

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1.5 days - 1.0 Continuing Education Units Awarded

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This Seminar provides an insight as to how a power plant works.  This Seminar offers a meaningful introduction to power plant fundamentals, operational issues, safety considerations and health concerns.  Lawyers, consultants, public officials, media representatives and veteran energy personnel will benefit from a well-rounded overview of industry basics.  Those that work in or around the power plant, but not directly involved, will gain a needed understanding of the technology.
The goal of the Seminar is that a non-industry, non-engineer, might have sufficient understanding of the design and operation of a non-nuclear power plant such that he/she can better understand technical communications on operational issues associated with power plant design.

There can be many issues governing the design and operation of these non-nuclear, as well as nuclear power plants.  In the not-to-distant future we have a need to make significant decisions about the generation of electric power.  We have a growing need, therefore, to better understand this equipment.  In this 1.5 day Seminar the participant will learn more about the sources of fuel as well as the advantages / disadvantages of each of these fuel choices (there can be more than what might meet the uninformed eye).  Learn how this fuel is transformed into electrical energy.

Not to long ago a presidential candidate stated that he was appalled to learn that only 35% of the energy (available in the fuel) gets to the consumers’ home.  This statement was made once (as far as we know) and never repeated.  It is apparent (to us – we think) that someone who “understood” informed this candidate of the facts.  It is interesting, however, that candidate (to the best of our knowledge) never apologized, and this would have been a wonderful opportunity to educate the public.  This Seminar is intended to inform anyone/everyone of these facts so that responsible opinions can be developed.

  • Employees new to the power plant industry or with limited industry experience.
  • Regulators, commission staff (state and federal), attorneys, ISOs/RTOs, industry vendors and others that need a basic understanding of power plants.
  • Federal, state and local government officials who need to understand the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of electric power generation.
  • Local and national media personnel who need who manage communications on electric power generation.
  • Plant administrative and support personnel looking to augment their understanding of their electric power plants
Upon completion of this Seminar the participant will be able to:
  1. List the sources of fuel that might be used to drive a modern power plant.
  2. List some of the key advantages/disadvantages with each of these fuels.
  3. Describe, in non-engineering terms, how steam is derived from fuel.
  4. Describe, in non-engineering terms, how mechanical energy is derived from steam (and gas).
  5. Describe, in non-engineering terms, how electrical energy is derived from a turbine output.
  6. Describe, in non-engineering terms, how exhaust steam is returned to the steam generator.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the terms used to describe efficiency for any of these power plants.
  8. Describe how different power plants impact the environment and different tasks that might protect that environment.
  1. Day One
    1. Introduction
    2. Fuels
      1. Source
      2. Availability
      3. Advantage / Disadvantage
      4. Special Consideration
      5. Cost Considerations
    3. Energy Conversion
      1. Generating Steam from Fuel
      2. Turbine: Mechanical Energy from Steam
      3. Generator: Electrical Energy from Mechanical
  2. Day Two
    1. Energy Conversion
      1. Condenser: Exhaust Steam to Water
      2. Pumps: Condenser Water to Steam Generator
      3. Gas Turbine Variations
    2. Efficiency Issues
    3. Environment Issues