Renewable Energy Overview

  • ID: 4318234
  • Training
  • 4 Hours
  • Enerdynamics
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A Study of Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies

Technological advancements are rapidly making renewable resources more viable options for electric generation. Renewable Energy Overview explores the primary renewable resources used to generate electricity, the technologies used for each resource, and how each technology actually works. It also examines the key attributes that determine the benefits, costs, and challenges associated with renewable generation technologies and the future potential for each resource. This course is intended for those with limited experience in renewables as well as those with a background in renewable energy who need more details on the various technologies.

Technological advancements are rapidly making renewable resources more viable options for electric generation. Renewable Energy Overview explores the primary renewable resources used to generate electricity, the technologies used for each resource, and how each technology actually works. It also examines the key attributes that determine the benefits, costs, and challenges associated with renewable generation technologies and the future potential for each resource. This course is intended for those with limited experience in renewables or anyone who needs more details on the various technologies.                                                                                                

This course comprises the following modules:

  • Introduction
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Power
  • Geothermal Power
  • Biopower
  • Hydro/Hydrokinetic Power

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?

  • Energy buyers for large electric users
  • Utility or retail marketer procurement professionals
  • Utility account representatives and department managers
  • Employees of ISOs/RTOs needing a vision of the current and future impact of renewables
  • Regulatory professionals needing a background in renewable energy
  • Professionals such as attorneys, accountants, finance, PR, etc. who are becoming active in renewable energy
  • Technical employees such as engineers and Information Technology professionals needing a fundamental overview of renewables and issues with integration
  • Professionals from the advocacy community who want to learn the business aspects of green power

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • What each renewable resource is
  • The technologies used to generate electricity from each renewable resource
  • How the technologies convert the energy in the resource to electricity
  • The current role of each renewable resource in the U.S. electric generation mix
  • The key attributes that determine the benefits, costs, and operational characteristics associated with renewable generation technologies
  • The potential role of each renewable resource in a region’s overall electric generation mix
  • Key issues for the future growth of each renewable resource

Course Length: 4 hours

Price is for a Subscription of 45 Days

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Introduction 

  • Course objectives
  • What is renewable electricity?
  • Basic electrical concepts
  • How the electric grid is designed and operated
  • Operational characteristics of renewables(dispatchability, variability, predictability)
  • How renewables are typically dispatched
  • How renewables affect infrastructure needs
  • Key attributes of renewable technology and why they are important (technology maturity, resource availability, costs, application and integration, environmental considerations, potential for future growth)

Wind Power

  • What wind power is
  • Two key wind power technology types
  • How wind power works
  • Centralized and decentralized turbines
  • U.S. wind capacity and output
  • Wind resource availability
  • Wind power costs as compared with competing technologies: capital, fixed O&M, variable O&M, levelized, offshore
  • Dispatchability, variability, and predictability
  • Where wind power fits into the dispatch curve and why
  • Grid integration
  • Transmission requirements
  • Environmental considerations
  • The future potential of wind power

Solar Power

  • What solar power is
  • Two types of solar electricity – Photovoltiac (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
  • How PV technology works
  • Materials used to create PV cells
  • Types of solar modules (flat plate, concentrator PV systems)
  • Types of arrays (fixed and tracking system)
  • Distributed PV technology
  • Utility scale PV technology
  • How Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology works
  • Types of concentrating technologies (parabolic trough systems, linear fresnel systems, power towers, parabolic dish systems)
  • How thermal storage works
  • Hybrid CSP systems
  • Heat engine systems
  • Solar resource availability
  • Solar power costs as compared with competing technologies: capital, fixed O&M, variable O&M, levelized
  • Typical project size and output capacity factor
  • Dispatchability, variability, and predictability
  • Where solar power fits into the dispatch curve and why
  • Grid integration
  • Transmission requirements
  • Environmental considerations
  • The future potential of solar power

Geothermal Power

  • What geothermal power is
  • Sources of geothermal energy: conventional reservoirs, dry rock formations, hydrocarbon reservoirs
  • Four key geothermal power technology types
  • How geothermal power works
  • Maturity of geothermal technologies
  • Geothermal resource availability
  • Geothermal power costs as compared with competing technologies: capital, fixed O&M, variable O&M, levelized, offshore
  • Dispatchability, variability, and predictability
  • Where geothermal power fits into the dispatch curve and why
  • Grid integration
  • Transmission requirements
  • Environmental considerations
  • The future potential of geothermal power

Biopower

  • What biopower is
  • Sources of biomass
  • How biomass is converted to electricity (direct combustion, i.e., co-firing and Municipal Solid Waste, gasification, anaerobic digestion)
  • Maturity of biopower technologies
  • U.S. biopower capacity and output
  • Biopower resource availability
  • Biopower costs as compared with competing technologies: capital, fixed O&M, variable O&M, levelized, offshore
  • Dispatchability, variability, and predictability
  • Where biopower fits into the dispatch curve and why
  • Grid integration
  • Transmission requirements
  • Environmental considerations
  • The future potential of biopower
  • Future areas for research

Hydro and Hydrokinetic Power

  • What hydro and hydrokinetic power are
  • Types of hydro power (impoundment, diversion, pumped storage, tidal power)
  • How hydro power works (output factors, capacity, how operators can vary output, low head vs. high head, types of turbines)
  • Types of hydrokinetic power
  • How Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) technologies work (attenuator, oscillating water column, oscillating wavesurge converter, overtopping device, point absorber)
  • How rotary devices work
  • How and where hydro and hydrokinetic power units are connected to the grid
  • Maturity of hydro and hydrokinetic power technologies
  • U.S. hydro and hydrokinetic power capacity and output
  • Hydro and hydrokinetic power resource availability
  • Hydro and hydrokinetic power costs as compared with competing technologies: capital, fixed O&M, variable O&M, levelized, offshore
  • Dispatchability, variability, and predictability
  • Where hydropower fits into the dispatch curve and why
  • Grid integration
  • Transmission requirements
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