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2022 - 2023 Trainings

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Testing & Modeling of Generator ControlsThe course is designed for engineers and technicians. It will cover the theory and practical aspects of testing, modeling, and operation of generators, excitation systems, power system stabilizers, turbine governors, and voltage and frequency controls for renewables assets with a focus on NERC and regional regulatory compliance standards.1/30/23 - 2/3/23
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Testing & Modeling of Generator ControlsThe course is designed for engineers and technicians. It will cover the theory and practical aspects of testing, modeling, and operation of generators, excitation systems, power system stabilizers, turbine governors, and voltage and frequency controls for renewables assets with a focus on NERC and regional regulatory compliance standards.TBAToronto (Web-based)
Testing & Modeling of Generator ControlsThe course is designed for engineers and technicians. It will cover the theory and practical aspects of testing, modeling, and operation of generators, excitation systems, power system stabilizers, turbine governors, and voltage and frequency controls for renewables assets with a focus on NERC and regional regulatory compliance standards.TBALas Vegas, Nevada
NERC Compliance: Regulatory Compliance and Generator ControlsThe course provides classroom-based instruction with computer exercises on Generator Reactive Capability, Generator Voltage Control, Effect of a Power System Stabilizer on Stability, Operation of Parallel Units and Governor Droop and the associated NERC standards MOD 25/6/7 PRC 19/24 applicable to generators.
Operator Training: Fundamentals of Generation Controls, NERC MOD tests and capability limits NERC MOD tests and capability limits. post training brochure Fundamentals of
Generation Controls: PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF GENERATORS AND GENERATOR CONTROLS. The course provides classroom-based instruction with computer exercises on Generator Reactive Capability, Generator Voltage Control, Effect of a Power System Stabilizer on Stability, Operation of Parallel Units and Governor Droop.
NERC Compliance: Regulatory Compliance and Generator ControlsThe course provides classroom-based instruction with computer exercises on Generator Reactive Capability, Generator Voltage Control, Effect of a Power System Stabilizer on Stability, Operation of Parallel Units and Governor Droop and the associated NERC standards MOD 25/6/7 PRC 19/24 from an ISO and Transmission Planning perspective
NERC Compliance: Regulatory Compliance and Generator ControlsGenerator Reactive Capability and the practical aspects of NERC MOD 25 measurements
Protection System Modeling in Transient Stability SimulationsThis course provides information on protection system design as it pertains to modeling system disturbances in transient stability simulations. Students will gain an understanding of various transmission line and generator protection system operating characteristics, and consideration of alternatives when simulated system response does not meet system performance requirements.
Intro to Power Systems and CapabilityThe course provides classroom-based instruction with computer exercises. Topics include fundamentals of power flow, synchronous machine / IBR hardware capability and operation
Excitation: Excitation System Performance and ModelingThe course provides classroom-based instruction with computer exercises on synchronous generator excitation control systems. Topics include excitation system design, auto voltage regulator operation, reactive current compensation, supplemental controls (reactive power/pf, power system stabilizer), limiters and protection, dynamic response, stability, tuning, testing, and the associated NERC standards MOD-026 and PRC-019. The course can be tailored to cover client specific systems. The course can be offered in-person or remote via video conferencing.
Generator Protection & Coordination with Voltage RegulatorsProtection design, advanced machine characteristics, voltage regulating features. Relevant to PRC-019/024
Turbine Governor Control Systems and ModelingFundamentals of turbine governors, technical applications for NERC MOD-027 testing
NERC MOD 26-27 Simulation Model UsabilityNERC MOD 026 and 027 Simulation model Usability tests required for ISOs and Transmission Planners
Renewable Energy: Fundamentals and HardwareThe course provides classroom-based instruction. Topics include introduction to renewable energy, including energy capture and conversion.
Customer requirements and Load scheduling for NERC MOD 025 026 and 027 testsPractical aspects of NERC MOD 25/6/7 for plant staff, technical resources, safety and load scheduling
Renewable Energy: NERC MOD StandardsAnalysis, reporting, and field testing of renewable energy for NERC MOD-025/026/027
Renewable Energy: Advanced Control TopicsThe course provides classroom-based instruction. Topics include distributed energy control structure, modeling, and Grid Following vs Grid Forming control aspects
Renewable Energy: EMT Simulations (PSCAD)Discussion of practical application of EMT studies for renewable energy
Excitation: Limiter & Protection Setting ConceptsDiscussion of considerations for those that select limiter and protection settings
Excitation: System Retrofit 101The course provides classroom-based instruction covering content related to excitation system retrofits. Topics include excitation system overview, system design considerations when retrofitting, spec development, limiters and protection setting development, commissioning process, system operator considerations, NERC standard topics including MOD-026, PRC-005, and PRC-019. The course can be tailored to cover client specific systems. The course can be offered in-person or remote via video conferencing.
Excitation: MaintenanceDiscussion of excitation maintenance, include PRC-005
Protection: PRC-025 ConceptsPRC-025 overview (we offer the service, but don't do cover much of it in our training session)
Power Systems: StabilityGeneral stability concepts, including impact of renewables on stability
NERC Compliance: MOD 027 for nukesStaged testing, distrubance monitoring, testing exclusion
Excitation Systems: Power System Stability Concepts and Power System Stabilizers (PSS)Excitation System Impacts on Power System Stability. Power System Stabilizer design and testing for NERC MOD 026 and regional requirements. Practical Issues of tuning and testing.
NERC Compliance: Is MOD-025 a Waste of Time?The course provides classroom-based instruction covering content related to reactive capability and NERC standard MOD-025 testing. Topics include machine capabilities, plant equipment limitations, excitation limiters and protection, NERC MOD-025 testing process, lessens learned, how to interpret the test results, and pointers for interfacing with the system operator. The course can be tailored to cover client specific systems, including conventional or renewable generation. It is offered as either in-person or remote via video conferencing and is recommended for those preparing for NERC MOD-025 testing.
Renewable Energy: BESS Fundamentals and NERC MOD/PRCIn depth exploration of BESS hardware, operation, and practical aspects of NERC MOD/PRC standards
Renewable Energy: Wind Fundamentals and NERC MOD/PRCIn depth exploration of wind hardware, operation, and practical aspects of NERC MOD/PRC standards
Renewable Energy: PV Solar Fundamentals and NERC MOD/PRCIn depth exploration of solar hardware, operation, and practical aspects of NERC MOD/PRC standards
Combine Cycle FundamentalsThis Courese is designed to discuss the principles assocaited with the operation of combined cycle power plants. The fundamentals of plant operation are emphasized. The discussions also target the role the operation staff plays in optimizing plant operation. The main objective for this course are to advance the students knowledge in Combine Cycle Operation.
Power Plant FundamentalsThis course is designed for new power plant operators, maintenance personnel, and management as a process overview for those entering the power industry, but will be interest to all personnel working in a generating facility who wish to learn more about fossil fuel power plants.
Combine Cycle Startup & ShutdownThis course is based on a 2-on-1 combine cycle plant configuration designed to familiarize students with basic knowledge of a combine cycle power plant. At the completion of this course it is expected each student will be able to: Explain the unique characteristics and flow paths of a combine cycle plant compared to a conventional fossil power plant. Describe all major plant system. Explain the sequence of major events during a plant startup and shudown. Start the plant from cold conditions. Operate the plant over various load conditions. Shutdown the plant.
Combustion Gas Turbine Controls & OperationOver the course of three days trainees will become familiar with gas turbine engines and operations. Upon completion, the trainee will be able to:
• Describe the purpose and function of major components which encompass a gas turbine engine
• Explain the fundamental principles of gas turbine design and operation as detailed in the course training modules This course is designed for plant operators, shift supervisors, and plant engineers responsible for operation of combustion turbine controls. It also will be of interest to personnel and maintenance who want to learn more about combustion turbine operations. System operators/ dispatchers will find the course material beneficial to system operations and planning.
Steam Turbine Controls & OperationOver the course of three days trainees will become familiar with steam turbines and their component parts. Upon completion, the trainee will be able to:
• Describe the purpose and function of major components which encompass steam turbines and their component parts
• Discuss basic design and operation of steam turbine auxiliary systems
• Identify specific components
Boiler Control & OperationA good understanding of boiler controls is necessary for operators to ensure safe operation at a plant. Controls schemes are designed to ensure conditions never occur which could result in a boiler explosion. These systems are sophisticated and have a high degree of automation to minimize the amount of operator intervention. In many cases, the control schemes in place incorporate translated refinements through years of operations experience. This course is designed for plant operators, shift supervisors, and plant engineers responsible for operation of boilers and associated equipment.
Heat Recovery Syeam Generator (HRSG)The purpose of this training session is to provide the trainees with the knowledge that will allow them to understand the operational considerations associated with all major components of the HRSG.
Generator Controls & OperationThe function of generators used in the fossil or nuclear power plant industries is to convert mechanical energy from steam turbines into electrical energy. The majority of generators are manufactured by principally two companies—Siemens and General Electric (GE) but also include many hybrid OEM designs by overseas suppliers. Most generators share common features. There are also many important details which differ between manufacturers and even within designs from the same company. This course will focus on the common features and the differences between supplier and generators within the same company.
Unit Startup & CyclingOvernight Shutdown & Startup
Balance of Plant Controls & OperationThis course applies broad learning objectives for condensate, feedwater and plant cooling water systems. Main course objectives for control room operators after completing this class is to:
• Understand control loops
• Describe how control loops operate
• Comprehend the influences control loops have on safety, availability and efficiency of the plant.
Plant Supervisory WorkshopThis course is generic in nature and will provide trainees with the knowledge and skills necessary to supervise and manage a large energy facility. Workshops are scheduled at the operating plant and follow a format of lecture, discussion, personnel management interviews and plant observations. The lecture/discussion segment of the course will be supported by a 15 module training manual and account for approximately 50% of the scheduled class time.
Operational Excellence & Managing Human PerformanceUndertsanding Human Error Trap
Turbine & Generator Torsional Vibration & Failure preventionThis intensive, half-day course depicts a major failure mode of large steam turbine generators which has plagued the industry for over 40 years. Torsional vibration failures of turbines and generators have affected both fossil and nuclear designs and continue to challenge the industry when new units are commissioned or a major retrofit is installed. Vibration failures are especially true of many of the new low pressure retrofits and generating unit upgrades being installed in both fossil and nuclear applications. During the class, the most current industry problems and failure issues are presented along with many recent case histories. Time is allotted for course attendees to discuss their own case studies and establish next step options for failure prevention. Each participant receives a comprehensive set of course notes with the latest industry issue updates, as well as recent published papers by TGAU instructor.
Secrets Of Steam and Gas Turbine and Generators TroubleshootingThis course provides each student with detailed information on the most common failures modes for gas and steam turbines based on operational characteristics and increased flexibility. We also will focus on ways to manage and optimize outage programs and lessons learned on many units now operating with increased flexibility which typically include more cycling, lower minimum loads and increased capacity ratings.
Gas & Steam Turbine ReliabilityThis intensive 3-day course describes major failure modes of steam and gas turbines and methods for prevention. With an understanding of failure modes and how to prevent them, plant personnel will avoid costly forced outages. New issues such as increased unit cycling, turndown, and increased gas turbine firing temperatures will be discussed along with the pitfalls of associated equipment issues. Case studies will be presented to support the learning process. Time is allotted for attendees to discuss their own case studies and establish and develop next stop options for failure prevention. Each participant receives a comprehensive set of course notes with updated industry issues as well as recent published papers by the instructors.
The Secrets to executing a Successful Turbine/Generator OutageWhether you are new to overhauls or a seasoned veteran this training will give you the tools and industry best practices to help you properly prepare, make educated decisions and avoid costly mistakes during outages and optimize future maintenance intervals post outage. Our goal is to help you complete your next overhaul under budget and in record time based on our extensive OEM and utility experience. Knowing outages are scheduled on the horizon you can’t afford to miss this training
Diagnosing & correcting Gas & Steam turbine VibrationThis intensive class describes major vibration related failure modes of turbine generators which have plagued the industry for over 40 years. Both lateral and torsional vibration related forced outages have affected fossil and nuclear units and continue to challenge the industry. This is especially true for many of the new retrofits and unit upgrades being installed globally. During class the most current industry problems and failure issues will be presented along with case histories. Each participant will receive a comprehensive set of course notes with updated industry issues.
Steam Turbine DesginThis intensive 4-day course defines design principles behind major steam turbine components including blades, rotors, casings, bearing, bearing pedestal/foundations, turning gear design and other operational support systems. Each student will be given actual problems to reinforce the design principles discussed in the class. Each participant needs to bring a calculator and notepad for sample workout problems. A comprehensive set of course notes with the latest industry design trends will be provided along with published papers by the instructors.
Generator Testing & Inspection Technical GuideThis course will review and provide a detailed guide describing the mechanical, electrical tests, and monitoring systems used to assess the health of a generator. Information as to each generator test and inspection process, how it is performed, criteria review, sample test data and in unassuming terms “what the results mean and how to apply them to manage risk” will be featured in this class presentation. Monitoring systems which are an integral part of assessing a generator will be covered and discussions will define how results from such systems can be integrated into workscopes for major and minor generator outages. Each participant will receive a manual covering all generator inspection and testing processes.
LM6000 Combustion Turbine GeneratorThis class will provide the student with in-depth operations knowledge for a LM600 Combustion Gas Turbine. Specifically, we will address the functions associated with the Gas Turbine Air Inlet, Compressor section, Combustor section, Turbine section and Exhaust. This class will also cover balance of plant equipment such as SCR, Evaporative Cooling, Demin Water & Fuel systems. Upon completion of this class, the operators will have a comprehensive understanding of equipment operation and maintenance procedures providing great benefit to overall operations at the power plant. Numerous operating variables will be highlighted in the class to reinforce optimal engineering practices and exercise sound operating judgment.
GE7FA Combine Cycle ClassThis class will provide the student with in-depth operations knowledge for a GE7FA combined cycle plant. Specifically, we will address the functions associated with the gas turbine, HRSG and D11 steam turbine as well as pre-startup conditions for those systems. Upon completion of this class, the operators will have a comprehensive understanding of equipment operation and maintenance procedures providing great benefit to overall operations at the power plant. Numerous operating variables will be highlighted in the class to reinforce optimal engineering practices and exercise sound operating judgment.
Plant PSCAD Model developmentThe course will provide classroom-based instruction with computer exercises and will cover:
1. Data collection for a PSCAD model
2. Fundamentals of PSCAD and basic setup
3. Building a Plant PSCAD model
4. Testing and simulation
Plant PSSE Model developmentThe course will provide classroom-based instruction with computer exercises and will cover:
1. Data collection for a Plant PSSE model
2. Fundamental of PSSE load flow
3. Dynamic model setup
4. Simulation and debug
Plant ETAP Model developmentThe course will provide classroom-based instruction with computer exercises and will cover:
1. Data collection for a ETAP model
2. Fundamentals of ETAP
3. Steady State Studies (i.e Load flow, Short-circuit analysis etc.)
Plant ASPEN Model developmentThe course will provide classroom-based instruction with computer exercises and will cover:
1. Data collection for a ASPEN model
2. Fundamentals of ASPEN
3. Protection coordination study and other studies
Power System Steadystate and Transient studiesThe course will provide classroom-based instruction with computer exercises and will cover:
1. Fundamentals of Power system studies
2. Software for studies
3. Typical power system studies (i.e Short circuit, Load flow, Harmonics, TOV, TRV)
Plant TSAT Model developmentThe course will provide classroom-based instruction with computer exercises and will cover:
1. Fundamentals of TSAT
2. Applications for studies
3. Typical power system studies (i.e Transient studies and network analysis)
Grid Code Compliance Requirements for System Operators and PlannersFundamentals of ISO/TSP requirements for Interconnections

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