Energy Conservation and Saving Engineering (Module III)

This is the third and final module in this Certificate Program. It is 100% Online.

Course Outline

Session 17 -  Industrial Insulation

  • Purpose of usage of insulation
  • Mineral Wool
  • Perlite  
  • Calcium Silicate
  • Cellular Glass
  • Aerogel
  • Economic justification and rules of thumb for insulation projects
  • Cold service insulation
  • Rotating equipment insulation
  • Insulation of ?anges

Session 18 - Energy Conservation in Buildings          

  • Trends in Building Energy Use
  • Aspects of Electrical Operation
  • Building Energy Performance Bench-marking
  • Building Energy Auditing
  • Aspects of Lighting Systems
  • HVAC and Controls
  • Common Thermal Bridges in Building Envelopes
  • Shading Analysis and Glazing
  • Developing the Energy Master Plan

Session 19 - Energy Conservation in Transportation

  • Definition of Terms
  • Endpoint Technologies for a Petroleum- and Carbon-Free Transportation System
  • Competition between Emerging and Incumbent Technologies
  • Vehicle Design Considerations and Alternative Propulsion Designs
    • Criteria for Measuring Vehicle Performance
    • Complicating Factors in Vehicle Design
    • Options for Improving Conventional Vehicle Efficiency
  • Alternatives to internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs): Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Platforms
    • Battery-Electric Vehicles
    • Electric Vehicle Drivetrain Design Considerations
    • Hybrid Vehicles
    • Fuel Economy Advantage of the Hybrid System  
    • Hybrids in Comparison to Other Propulsion Alternatives  
  • Biofuels: Transportation Energy from Biological Sources
    • General Considerations
    • Ethanol
    • Bio-diesel
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) Systems and Vehicles  
    • Function of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Measurement of Fuel Cell Efficiency
    • Actual Losses and Efficiency in Real-Word Fuel Cells
    • Implementing Fuel Cells in Vehicles
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Session 20 - Identifying Process Improvements for Energy Efficiency and Savings

  • The process flow diagram (PFD) reviews
  • Variations on the PFD Review Approach
  • Process Heat Integration
  • Typical Results from PFD Reviews
  • Operating Targets. Key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Inappropriate Operating Practices.
  • Equipment Modifications and Additions
  • PFD Reviews as a Motivational Tool
  • Estimating Energy Savings, Cost Estimating and Evaluation of Technical Credibility after PFD Review
  • The energy performance indicators or EnPIs

Session 21 - Development of Energy Savings Program for Industrial Facility

  • Audits, Process of data collection, Utility Bills Analysis
  • Creation of Energy Model
  • Organizing of Leaks Logs
  • Determinations of energy saving projects and formulation of action items
  • Formation of Plant Issue Log (Energy Log)
  • Executing of energy saving projects
  • Controlling, monitoring, screening of Issue Log (Energy Log)
  • Finalizing of Program  

Session 22 - Nuclear and Alternative Energy Sources

  • Nuclear Energy Systems
    • Current Status of Nuclear Energy
    • Nuclear Resources  
    • Nuclear Energy and Society: Environmental, Political, and Security Issues
  • The Solar Resource
    • Availability of Energy from the Sun and Geographic Availability
    • Solar Photovoltaic Technologies
    • Fundamentals of PV Cell Performance
    • Economics of PV Systems
    • Life-Cycle Energy and Environmental Considerations
    • Solar Thermal Applications
  • Wind Energy Systems  
    • Components of a Turbine
    • Using Statistical Distributions to Approximate Available Energy
    • Effects of Season and Height on Wind Speed  
    • Limits on Turbine Performance
    • Economics of Wind Power
  • Energy harvesting and other Alternatives