POWER-GEN University Courses

POWER-GEN International has teamed up with several accredited universities including The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, University of California and University of Central Florida to bring attendees an enhanced learning environment in these unique courses. Course registration fees include workshop materials, certificate of completion, coffee breaks and lunch.

To register for any of these courses click the below link and simply add the course to your registration under the 'ancillary items' tab.

Certificates of completion may be submitted to your professional organization for Professional Development Hours.

POWER-GEN International is pleased to be an authorized continuing education provider by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.  Many states recognize course the FBPE authorizes, so check with your state governing board to see if the courses you take are eligible for professional development hours.  Attendance at a half day course awards 4 PDH.  Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees at the conclusion of the day.  Those attendees wishing to obtain PDHs are required to achieve a passing grade on an examination at the conclusion of the course. FBPE CEP #0007125


University of Central Florida

PGU 1        Operational Fundamentals of a Gas Turbine Engine: A Holistic Approach

Date:                Monday, December 4, 2017    Time:   1:00 – 5:00 PM
Room:              N219                                        Cost:    $425.00

Jayanta Kapat, Sc.D., Director of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery & Energy Research (CATER) and Associate Director, Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP)

Who Should Attend
Plant managers; supervisors; design and performance engineers; operations managers; and maintenance managers

Course Overview and Objectives
A number of different engineering topics must come together for proper operation of a gas turbine engine. These topics include thermodynamics, aerodynamics, materials, mechanical properties, combustion and emissions, secondary air systems and cooling, rotordynamics and vibration. There has to be trade-offs among these various disciplines in order to have a workable design. In fact, overzealous design in one area may compromise another aspect of turbine durability. In this context, a gas turbine may be considered to be a large jig-saw puzzle where various pieces have to fit together to function properly. In this class, we will discuss these pieces and how they interact with each other in the operation of a gas turbine. The class starts with the current and projected power generation scenarios and discussion of simple and combined cycle power plants. Also, various fundamental principles will be discussed. The class ends with a discussion of probabilistic design and concepts of reliability, availability and maintainability.

Course Highlights
·         Combustion and Emissions
·         Turbine Design
·         Maintenance
·         Aerothermodynamics
·         Materials and Coatings
·         Thermomechanical Fatigue
·         Air Systems and Cooling
·         Rotordynamics
·         Vibration

Instructor's Biography
Jayanta Kapat, Sc.D., is the director of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery & Energy Research (CATER) and associate director of the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP). In addition, Kapat is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He received his Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Walter M. Higgins Generating Station / Goodsprings Energy Recovery Station

University of California

PGU 2        Energy Storage Fundamentals

Date:                Monday, December 4, 2017    Time:   1:00 – 5:00 PM
Room:              N221                                        Cost:    $425.00

William Kao, BSEE, MSEE, Ph.D., Professor, University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension

Who Should Attend
College graduates; Utility engineers; Consultants; Operations Managers; Energy Storage Marketing & Sales

Course Overview and Objectives
This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of energy storage concepts, technologies and applications. It describes the need for Energy Storage Systems (ESS), the role in modern electrical power systems and their integration with renewableenergy generation. It will cover all energy storage methods (mechanical, electro-chemical, thermal, electromagnetic). A special focus on lithium-ion batteries and new technologies beyond lithium-ion will be presented. Finally, most recent developments in energy storage will also be discussed.  

Course Highlights

·       Need for Energy Storage (why), and role of Energy Storage Systems (what for)
·       Storage methods (mechanical: pumped hydro, compressed air, flywheels; electro-chemical: batteries; thermal: molten salt) (How)
·       Battery types (NiCd, Lead Acid, Sodium Sulfur, Li-ion, beyond Li-ion)
·       Fuel cells (e.g. Bloom Energy)
·       Flow batteries (Vanadium, ZnBr)
·       Grid energy storage, and Home energy storage
·       Recent energy storage developments update

Instructor’s Biography
Dr. William Kao teaches Renewable Energy, and Clean Technology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Dr. Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Walter M. Higgins Generating Station / Goodsprings Energy Recovery Station

The University of Tulsa

PGU 3        Introduction to Energy Analytics

Date:                Monday, December 4, 2017    Time:   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room:              N223                                        Cost:    $525.00

Tim Coburn, Director, School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce, The University of Tulsa

Who Should Attend
The course is appropriate for technical professionals and supervisory/management personnel alike who want to learn more about what Big Data Analytics is, what it encompasses, and how it is being operationalized in the electric utility industry. Participants need not have any particular technical background, but a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and a fundamental understanding of business statistics will be very helpful.

Course Overview and Objectives
Introduction to Energy Analytics is broad overview of the rapidly expanding discipline of Big Data Analytics as it is applied in today’s electric utility and power generation sectors.  Approaching the subject from a largely corporate perspective, participants can expect a wide-lens presentation on the terminology, technology, and methodology of Big Data analytics and its impact on corporate operations and operational efficiency.

The course covers the integrated technical landscape of IT, data and database management, and computational and statistical algorithms against which Big Data Analytics initiatives are framed and addresses some of the associated organizational and managerial challenges that arise. As time permits, participants engage with example data sets and discuss specific business cases specific to the electric utility industry.

Participants will leave the course with:
·       Greater clarity about, and a more complete understanding of, what Big Data Analytics is and can do
·       Confidence to communicate and converse about Big Data Analytics concepts and technologies
·       Real-world examples of how the tools and techniques of Big Data Analytics are operationalized
·       An expanded appreciation of the potential of Big Data Analytics for improving operational efficiency and corporate decision making within the electric utility industry

Course Highlights
·       Introduction to analytics and Big Data … what are we talking about?
·       Everything that Big Data analytics encompasses
·       Sourcing data: what is data, where does it come from, and why are we being deluged?
·       Big Data integration, frameworks, databases, and architectures: the role of IT and the land of Hadoop
·       Contemporary algorithms, models, diagnostic tools, and mining methodologies
·       Customer operations and engagement analytics
·       Enterprise analytics: asset management, demand response, pricing, revenue generation
·       Analytics in operations: distribution and transmission, distributed generation, grid management, resiliency
·       Analytics for cybersecurity
·       Becoming a data-driven utility: the digital energy enterprise and its value proposition
·       Organizational and managerial issues for Big Data initiatives
·       Data mining privacy and confidentiality issues

Please note: Attendees need to bring their fully-charged laptops with them for this course.

Instructor’s Biography
Dr. Tim Coburn serves as the director of the School of Energy at The University of Tulsa and leads the graduate programs in energy business and business analytics. Dr. Coburn has broad technical and managerial experience across multiple sectors of the energy industry, and regularly consults with energy organizations on data analytics initiatives.