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Course Description

This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of all the best operation practices for a hydro-electric power plant.  The design and operation of a hydro-electric power plant and all its equipment are covered in detail in this seminar.  The main focus of the seminar is on the best practice guidelines to optimize the performance of every equipment in the hydro-electric power plant.  This includes turbine, governing system, transformers, generator, instrumentation and control systems. All the methods used to optimize the performance of a hydro-electric power plant to meet international standards will be discussed in detail in this seminar.  This includes optimization of the plant management, plant automation, upgrading the hydro-electric power plant to a computer-based supervisory control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, and optimization of all equipment operation, surveillance, monitoring, testing, and maintenance. This seminar is also focused on using advanced algorithms to optimize the generator efficiency, and optimization of a hydro-electric power plant performance by selecting specific operating parameters such as the most efficient load, maximum sustainable load, fixed turbine flow, headwater/tailwater elevation control, load following/automatic generation control, condensing reactive power control, automatic load reduction and reinstatement for temperature considerations.  The seminar will also cover in detail all the inspection methods and tests required to identify faults and deficiencies in hydro-electric power plant equipment, as well as, the most advanced repair techniques and refurbishment methods.  This seminar will also cover all the activities required to commission this equipment and all protective systems associated with it.  The objective of the seminar is to maximize the performance, efficiency, reliability, and longevity of hydro-electric power plants by providing the best guidelines and practices for operating and maintaining them.

This seminar is a MUST for anyone who is involved in operating, managing, inspecting, testing, maintaining or refurbishing hydro-electric power plants because it covers the best operation methods and provides the necessary guidelines and rules that ensure the successful repair and refurbishment of hydro-electric power plants. In addition, this seminar will cover in detail the advanced fault detection techniques, critical components, and all modern troubleshooting and commissioning methods which increases the reliability, and capacity factor (power output) of hydro-electric power plants and minimizes their forced outages, and operation and maintenance costs.

Who Should Attend

Engineers of all disciplines
Managers
Technicians
Maintenance personnel
Other technical individuals (this seminar is suitable for individuals who do not have an electrical background)

Seminar Outcome

Best Operation Practices for Hydro-Electric Power Plants: Gain a thorough understanding of the best operation practices for hydro-electric power plants

Hydro-Electric Power Plant Design and Operation: Learn about hydro-electric power plant design and operation

Optimization of Hydro-Electric Power Plant Performance to Meet International Standards: Learn all the methods used to allow hydro-electric power plants to meet international standards of performance

Optimization of Hydro-Electric Power Plant Equipment Performance: Understand all the techniques used to optimize power plant equipment performance and allow them to meet international standards

Optimize hydro-Electric Power Plant Management: Learn the methods used to optimize hydro-electric power plant Management

Automation and Upgrades Required for a Hydro-Electric Power Plant: Gain a thorough understanding of all the automation and upgrades required for a hydro-electric power plant to improve its performance

Hydro-Electric Power Plant Upgrade to a Computer-Based Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA): Understand how to upgrade a hydro-electric power plant to a computer-based SCADA

Using Advanced Algorithms to Optimize the Generator Efficiency: Learn how to use advanced algorithms to optimize the generator efficiency

Best Practices for Reliability, Monitoring, and Maintenance of a Hydro-Electric Power Plants: Understand all the methods used to improve the reliability, monitoring and maintenance of hydro-electric power plants

Optimization of Hydro-Electric Power Plant Performance by Selecting Specific Operating Parameters: Learn how to optimize hydro-electric power plant performance by selecting the most efficient load, maximum sustainable load, fixed turbine flow, headwater/tailwater elevation control, load following/automatic generation control, condensing reactive power control, automatic load reduction and reinstatement for temperature considerations

Hydro-Electric Equipment Diagnostics: Learn in detail all the required diagnostic techniques for all critical components of hydro-electric power plant equipment such as turbines, governing systems, transformers, and generators.  

Hydro-Electric Power Plant Equipment Testing: Understand in detail all the tests required for the various types of hydro-electric power plant equipment

Hydro-Electric Power Plant Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Determine the best maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize hydro-electric power plant equipment downtime and operating cost.

Hydro-Electric Power Plant Equipment Repair and Refurbishment: Obtain a detailed understanding of the various methods used to repair and refurbish all hydro-electric power plant equipment.

Efficiency, Reliability, and Longevity: Learn the various methods used to maximize the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of all types of hydro-electric power plant equipment.

Protective Systems: Obtain a detailed understanding of all protective systems required for different types of hydro-electric power plant equipment.

Training Methodology

The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process.  This method ensures that all the delegates gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered.  The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because the participants will learn from case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

Special Feature

Each participant will receive a copy of the following materials written by the instructor:

  • The relevant material of the Electrical Equipment Handbook published by McGraw-Hill in 2003 (600 pages)
  • Best Practices in Operation of a Hydro-Electric Power Plant Manual (300 pages)

Course Outline

Day One

Hydro-Electric Power Plant Design, Equipment and Operation, Dams, Spill Ways, Turbines, Generators and Transformers, Economic Value, Selection of Site, Classification of Hydro-Electric Power Plants, Economics of Hydro-electric Power Plants, Best Practice Guidelines for Hydro-electric Power Plants, Optimization of Turbine and Generator Performance Characteristics to Meet  International Standards, Optimization of Plant Operation to meet international standards, Optimization of Plant Management, Optimization of Plant Performance, Plant Automation, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Best Practices for Reliability, Operation, and Maintenance, Upgrading the hydro-electric power plant to a Computer-Based Supervisory Control and SCADA    

Day Two

Supervisory Control of a Hydro-Electric Power Plant, Using Advanced Algorithms to Optimize the Generator Efficiency, Best Practices for Reliability, Operation, and Maintenance of a Hydro-Electric Power Plant, Upgrading the Hydro-Electric Power Plant to a Computer-Based Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems, Optimization of Performance by Selecting Specific Operating Parameters, Optimization of Transformer Operation and Maintenance, Winding Transpositions, Impulse Strength, Transformer Components, Transformer Oil Testing, Dissolved Gas Analysis, Gas Detector Relays, Transformer Tests, Type Tests, Special Tests, Harmonics, Transformer Protection

Day Three

Optimization of the Operation and Maintenance of the Hydro-Electric Power Plant, Generator Surveillance and Testing, Advanced Methods for Preventing Partial Discharge, Generator Inspection and Maintenance, Generator Rotor Reliability and Life Expectancy, Generator Upgrades and Rewinds Generators (used for wind turbines), Power Station Electrical Systems and Design Requirements, Power Station Protective Systems, Frequently Asked Questions   
                  

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