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Analysis of the Social, Economic and Environmental Effects of Replacing Petroleum-based Fuels with Biodiesel Fuels
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Biodiesel may offer an attractive alternative to petroleum diesel, but turning to biofuels has raised many concerns over sustainability, emissions, the use of arable land and the price of food crops from which base oils for biofuel can be derived. This course provides an overview of the economic feasibility of biodiesel and explores its potential social implications and environmental impact.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the basic premise of climate change protocols and their history.
  2. Understand the tradeoffs between crops for food and crops for energy use.
  3. Become aware of biofuel issues in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
  4. Understand the role that biofuels can play in replacing fossil fuels.

Bearing Repair Provides Valuable Alternative to Bearing Replacement For Heavy Industries
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


All rotating machinery has bearings.  For large pieces of equipment, bearing replacement can be very expensive.  This course outlines situations where bearings may be repaired rather than replaced, at considerable cost savings to the plant.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify common industry terms used to describe bearing service options.
  2. Understand the business case for bearing repair and the bearing remanufacturing process.
  3. Understand the three types of bearing repair options and methods, as well as their limitations and expectations.
  4. Understand the types of bearings that may be eligible for repair services.

Cathodic Protection for Power Plant Piping - Protecting People and the Environment
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Power plants contain many buried pipelines that will gradually corrode over the years, and when they suddenly fail, can lead to consequences ranging from annoying to potentially catastrophic. A staple for many years in the corrosion control industry to protect underground piping, and other equipment for that matter, is cathodic protection. However, it is a technique that is often not well understood or misapplied. This course examines fundamental cathodic protection.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Gain a solid understanding of the nature and causes of corrosion in underground piping systems.
  2. Understand the three basic types of cathodic protection systems.
  3. Learn three basic approaches that can be taken to cathodically protect underground piping and structures.
  4. Gain a better understanding of how cathodic protection is used to practice.

Co-firing of Biomass in the US: Strategy and Opportunities
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


State-level renewable energy portfolio standards mean that biomass fuels have become a major topic for the power generation sector. For utilities seeking to leverage biomass within their existing coal-fired power plants, they are developing strategies for both near-term and future biomass-fired power. This course explores the current status, constraints and opportunities for co-firing activities as experienced in one coal-fired power plant fleet. This course outlines the initial analysis of regional biomass supplies, assesses power plants for conversion to co-firing units, and weighs the viability of various technical methods from regional study data conducted by the KEMA group involving 19 plants.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the main drivers behind considering a biomass co-firing strategy.
  2. Understand the limitations, constraints and oppportunities for co-firing in Progress Energy Carolinas Inc.'s coal-fired power plant fleet.
  3. Be introduced to a scorecard method of considering alternative biomass co-firing strategies.
  4. Become aware of the importance of capital investment constraints as well as the cost of coal and biomass for a particular power plant site.

Design and Operating Experience of Wet Electrostatic Precipitators Following Wet FGD’s
For Sulfuric Acid Mist and Fine Particulate Control
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


During fossil fuel combustion, most of the sulfur in the fuel reacts to produce sulfur dioxide (SO2). However, a small fraction further oxidizes to sulfur trioxide (SO3). Visually, SO3 will impart a blue coloration to the stack emissions, where the common term is known as the "blue plume." More seriously, SO3 will react with moisture in the atmosphere to produce sulfuric acid aerosols that cause low-level air pollution. This course outlines a mechanical technology, wet electrostatic precipitators (WESP), for reducing SO3 and fine particulate emissions from fossil-fired boilers.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Gain an understanding of the wet electrostatic precipitators and their operations at two electric power generating units.
  2. Understand the design and installation of the power plants' WESP systems.
  3. Understand the rationale for upgrading other WESP systems.
  4. Gain an understanding of test results related to the installations.

Dry Scrubber – Recycle Ash Systems: Considerations for Recycling Solids
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


An increasingly popular technology for removing sulfur dioxide (SO2) from boilers burning low sulfur coal is dry scrubbing, where atomized, moisturized lime particles are sprayed into the flue gas. As the particles react with SO2, they dry in the flue gas stream. Among the important factors involved in this process are collection of particulates from the scrubber and potential recycling of the material to increase lime utilization. This course examines the fundamentals of an ash collection and recycling system installed on a 600 MW boiler.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the design/sizing criteria for a pneumatic recycle ash conveying system.
  2. Understand the limits of traditional fly ash pneumatic conveying systems.
  3. Understand the methodology used for developing system design criteria.
  4. Be able to identify specific lessons learned based on a case study.

Firing Opportunity Fuels With Minimized Emissions In CFB Technology
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) boilers, as the name implies, burn fuel within a fluid bed in the furnace. This design allows combustion of a wide variety of fuels, which is a definite advantage at locations where alternative fuels are available for supplemental combustion with coal. This course examines a number of the alternative fuels that can supplement CFB coal combustion, and offers ideas for flexible CFB fuel selection at potentially many sites around the country.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the variety of fuels that can be burned in a circulating fluidized-bed boiler. Fuel flexibility often offers potential cost savings regarding fuel purchases.
  2. Learn about one of the cirtical components in most CFB's, the cyclone separator.
  3. Gain knowledge of air emission control processes offered by CFB.
  4. Study actual case histories of CFB operation, and see some of the "lessons learned" from these plants.

Forecasting of Maintenance and Repair Costs of Wind Energy Plants
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Many utilities with coal-fired power plants are installing wind-generated power to help meet environmentally-guided portfolios. Wind turbines, like all other power generation technologies require scheduled and un-scheduled maintenance. This course outlines issues that occur with wind turbines, and offers information on maintenance and repair prediction.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the various ways that wind farm maintenance and repair costs can be categorized.
  2. Understand the basic parameters for a maintenance and repair forecast model.
  3. Identify a variety of forecast model input parameters.
  4. Understand how data output from the forecast model may be put to use.

Foundation Treatment Measures for Dams Located on Karst Foundations
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


This course will provide the student with an overview of foundation treatments for dams constructed on karst foundations. For this course, the Kavar Dam in Iran is the example, where an unusual combination of a surface membrane, coupled with a gypsum surcharge and other seepage control measures, were planned to seal a highly karstic foundation.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the difficulties of constructing a dam on a karstic foundation.
  2. Identify methods to treat karstic foundations for the construction of a dam.
  3. Understand grouting techniques and other seepage control measures for karstic foundations.
  4. Understand the effects of solutioning on reservoir water tightness and the structural integrity of dams.

Hitachi Turbine Generator Technology for Nuclear Applications
Not Rated
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Steam turbines for nuclear plants are different than those designed for fossil-fired plants, in large part because they must operate with steam much closer to saturation temperatures. With a resurgence in nuclear plant construction, knowledge of nuclear steam turbines will increase in importance. This course examines nuclear steam turbine technology, with comparisons to fossil plant turbines.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand that technical design issues important to Fossil Steam Turbines vary significantly from that of Nuclear Steam Turbines.
  2. Understand Hitachi's approach to root cause analysis and design modifications.
  3. Understand key design and technical components of the Hitachi turbine generator technology for nuclear applications.
  4. Gain a better understanding of Hitachi's engineering research efforts.

Hydro Automation - Aspects of Mechanical Engineering Design
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


This course will provide the student with an overview of hydropower automation to reduce operation and maintenance costs.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Reduce system operating cost by reducing the number of personnel required to operate the plants.
  2. Optimize the use of water resources by scheduling and operating the units in the most efficient manner.
  3. Improve system responsiveness to system changed by utilizing automatic real-time dispatching.
  4. Ensure system compatibility with any future enhancements.

Life Consumption Assessment of Cycling HRSGs as the Unit Operations Progress
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Combined-cycle power plants are the most efficient of all power generating systems. Ideally, they should operate at base load to take advantage of efficiency, but due to the cyclical nature of power demand, many combined-cycle plants must be started and shut down frequently. This up-and-down duty places many mechanical and chemical stresses on the heat recovery steam generator, which can cause outages unless properly diagnosed. This course outlines the primary stress and corrosion factors that affect HRSGs, and offers a method to perform life assessments on HRSG components.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand various damaging mechanisms affecting the HRSG along with the effect of cycling operations.
  2. Be exposed to an HRSG damage mechanism matrix.
  3. Learn basic requirements for operating data based methodology for assessing life consumption.
  4. Be exposed to some practical examples of how the methodologies are used in practice.

Oxy-Combustion: A Sound and Near Term Technology for CO2 Emissions Reduction – Development and Next Steps
Not Rated
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Coal makes up centuries’ worth of additional fossil fuel supplies around the globe. However, it is increasingly apparent that the continued use of coal will require tighter control of CO2 emissions. Underground sequestration will undoubtedly be part of the answer, but this brings forth another issue: capturing the CO2 from flue gas. Conventional combustion utilizes ambient air, but the air we breathe contains 78% nitrogen, which in turn comprises the bulk of the flue gas flow. Such large volumes require very large backend equipment for CO2 removal. A technology that is emerging is oxy-combustion, where the boiler is fired with pure oxygen combined with recycled flue gas, such that the flue gas is primarily CO2 with very little nitrogen. This course outlines important issues regarding this emerging technology.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the difference between oxy-combusion and standard combustion techniques.
  2. Learn which types of boilers are best suited for oxy-combustion.
  3. Learn how oxy-combustion influences air emissions control.
  4. Understand modifications that must be made to steam generators to utilize oxy-combustion.

Removal of Non-Federal Hydropower Dams
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


This course will provide the student with an overview of lessons learned about the removal of non-federal hydropower dams in the United States.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Some of the motives behind requiring dams to be removed in the United States.
  2. The anticipated magnitude of costs incurred when a dam is removed and the required environmental restoration of the area.
  3. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's jurisdictional authority relative to dam removal.
  4. Potential environmental benefits associated with dam removal and the potential losses associated with energy generation.

Stainless Steel Feedwater and Condenser Tubing – Expectations, Results, and Choices
Not Rated
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Stainless steel has become the often preferred choice for replacement of old, or fabrication of new, condenser and feedwater heater tubes. The objective of this course is to provide the student with the fundamentals on how tubes are fabricated so that the student can make an informed decision on selection of stainless steel tubing for condenser or feedwater heater applications.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the differences between seamless and welded condenser tubing.
  2. Be familiar with common stainless feedwater heater alloys.
  3. Understand the pros and cons of a variety of non-destructive testing approaches.
  4. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of weld bead cold working and heat treatment options.

The Nuclear Renaissance: Materials of Choice for Power Plant Surface Condensers & BOP Heat Exchangers
Not Rated
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Many critical items go into the successful construction and operation of a nuclear plant. These include the numerous heat exchangers that are required to condense steam as it exhausts from the turbine and to provide proper cooling to many auxiliary pieces of equipment. A critical aspect of these heat exchangers is materials selection, such that the exchangers have a long life and do not fail in the midst of operation. This course outlines state-of-the-art materials for use in nuclear power plant heat exchangers, and in particular condensers. These materials would also be suitable for condensers at non-nuclear facilities as well.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Discover the impurities that can cause the most damage to nuclear plant heat exchangers.
  2. Learn some of the most common corrosion processes that occur in heat exchangers.
  3. Be introduced to the materials that are considered state-of-the-art for heat exchanger fabrication.
  4. Learn about modern technologies to minimize corrosion in heat exchanges, and thus reduce plant costs due to outages and maintenance repairs.

Turbine Aerating Runner Technology
Not Rated
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


This course will provide the student with an overview of one method currently being used for the enhancement of dissolved oxygen levels in reservoir water releases.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Be provided an overview of one method being used for the enhancement of dissolved oxygen levels in reservoir water releases.
  2. Learn about a variety of designs for aeration.
  3. Learn a number of different options for introducing air into the turbine discharge.
  4. Understand the benefits of the runner discharge methodology and the aeration methodology.

Turbine Inlet Cooling: An Energy Solution That’s Better for the Environment, Ratepayers and Plant Owners
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


Particularly in the summer, much peaking power is generated by simple-cycle or combined-cycle turbines. However, as ambient air temperatures increase, combustion turbine capacity decreases, which reduces supply when it is most needed. This course examines inlet air cooling for improved turbine capacity during warm weather.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Learn why combustion turbine output is significantly affected by ambient temperature.
  2. Understand other factors that can affect combustion turbine output.
  3. Learn the most common techniques for turbine inlet air cooling.
  4. Understand the cost savings by improving combusion turbine efficiency via inlet air cooling.

Working with Local Governments to Identify Incentives for Renewable Energy Projects
PD Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $59.00 Purchase / Take Exam


At the federal, state and local levels, government incentives are available to encourage renewable energy production projects. This course outlines the types of government incentives that are available to commercial scale renewable energy developers, using the state of Nevada and Nye County as a case study.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Learn about the types of government incentives available to renewable energy developers.
  2. Understand the requirements to qualify for tax breaks on property taxes and sales taxes for capital equipment.
  3. Learn how to select an appropriate site for a renewable energy project.
  4. Understand the natural resources available to sustain renewable energy projects without negatively impacting the local community.