Coal Power Plants Heat Rate (Efficiency)

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Professional Course
Self-paced Online
2 hours
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Course description

In Coal Power Plants Heat Rate (Efficiency), Monitoring and Improvement, you'll learn ...

  • Power Plant Efficiency and Heat Rate (Gross, Net, Turbine Cycle, and Unit)
  • High/Low Heating Values and their relation
  • Heat Rate Improvements, and impacts on plant operating cost and emission
  • Controllable Parameters/Losses and their impacts on plant performance
  • Non-Controllable Parameters and their impacts on plant performance


Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 29 pages

In the current competitive electricity market, reducing operation costs is crucial for the survival of power companies. Since fuel constitutes the most significant single cost of operating a power plant, fuel savings by operating plants more efficiently is a very promising method for lowering the generation cost and helping power companies to succeed.

The purpose of this course is to educate and train power plant engineers on how to monitor and run their plants more efficiently. This includes discussing plant efficiency/heat rate, introducing controllable parameters and losses, their heat rate impacts, as well as the dollar values. Additionally, other parameters/losses which can have significant implications for the heat rate but are not controllable by plant operators are introduced. The potential heat rate impacts of such losses and ways to monitor and run them more efficiently are also covered.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The concept of Heat Rate and relation to Plant Efficiency
  • How to calculate the plant fuel cost
  • Heat Rate impacts of controllable and non-controllable parameters
  • How to build the Controllable Losses Screen for a demonstration in the control room
  • Condensers and Feedwater Heaters, potential issues, how to run them efficiently, and their heat rate impacts
  • Turbines and Boiler Feed Pumps, performance indicators, monitoring, and heat rate impacts Cycle Isolation Losses


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