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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Nuclear Renaissance: Materials of Choice for Power Plant Surface Condensers & BOP Heat Exchangers
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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
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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.

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.