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Combined Cycle Power Plant Operation



When compared to simple cycle gas turbine plants, steam power plants, or diesel power plants, combined cycle power plants have higher thermal efficiency, a lower levelised cost of electricity (LCOE), and a lower environmental effect because thermal efficiency can exceed 60%. The foundations and advantages of combined cycle power plants are highlighted and contrasted with other power generation technologies. These power plants may use a variety of fossil fuels and have an excellent baseload characteristic when combined with solar or nuclear energy.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Design and evaluate combined cycle power plant thermodynamic cycles.
  • Select the most appropriate strategies for evaluating performance.
  • Choose the right size and design for your combined cycle power plant.
  • Examine the economics and the LCOE.
  • Analyze the Environmental Effects
  • Learn how to operate and maintain your equipment properly.
  • Simulation and prediction of power plant performance

Targeted Audience:

  • Engineers
  • Managers
  • Top and Middle Management
  • Project Developers and Owners
  • High-Level Power Plant Technicians (O&M)
  • Process Plant Technical Professionals: Engineers, Technicians, and Operators

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Thermodynamic Basics

  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamic Laws and Gas Turbine Cycles
  • Ideal Open and Closed Gas Turbine Cycles
  • Introduction to Different Power Plant Technologies
  • Combined Cycle Power Plant Energy Resources
  • ISO Rating: The Impact of Elevation and Environmental Conditions on the Performance of Combined Cycle Power Plants
  • Brayton Cycle Actual Performance
  • Cycle Analysis with Variable Properties

Unit 2: Components of Combined Cycle Power Plant

  • Filtration of the air
  • Compressor for air
  • Types, Pollution Control, and Monitoring of Combustion Chambers
  • Sizing of Gas and Steam Turbines
  • Steam Generator with Waste Heat Recovery (HRSG)
  • Performance of Steam Turbines
  • Heat Dissipation System
  • Control Systems

Unit 3: Improve Plant Performance 

  • Efficiencies of Components
  • Improving the Performance of Simple and Combined Cycle Power Plants.
  • Operation Mode: Simple Cycle vs. Combined Cycle
  • STEG Operation and Maintenance Scheduling of Combined Cycle Power Plants: Steam Turbine Selection and Performance
  • NOx emissions reduction
  • Part Load Performance and Control for Inlet Air Cooling and Mist Systems

Unit 4: Economics & Hybridization 

  • Solar thermal and nuclear energy are combined with simple and Combined Cycle Power Plants.
  • Learning Curves in Technology and Future Trends
  • Combined Cycle Power Plants' Economic Impact.
  • Plant placement.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment.

Unit Five: Case Study & Simulation 

  • Software for simulation and modeling.
  • Performance Simulation of a Combined Cycle Power Plant
  • Financing for a project.
  • Evaluation of the Electricity Levelized Cost (LCOE).
  • Environmental Impact Assessment.

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