Introduction to Hydroelectric Power Plants
Learn about hydroelectric power plant design, components, terminology and how they work with this free online course.
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Humans have been harnessing the power of water for thousands of years. This free online course Introduction to Hydroelectric Power Plants describes the potential energy of water that has been used to drive mills, pumps and numerous other applications. Converting the potential and kinetic energy of water to electrical energy however, is a relatively new concept.
Modern hydroelectric power plants represent the pinnacle of hydropower engineering, but how do they work? How efficient are they? Are they really 'green'? In this course we are going to answer all of these questions and many more!
The course is designed to take you from zero to hero concerning hydroelectric power plant engineering knowledge. Even if you already have some background power plant engineering knowledge, this course will serve as an efficient refresher. The course begins by describing what role hydroelectricity plays in today's power engineering market, and it lists the common hydro power plant components (penstock, gates, spillway, turbines etc.). Next you will learn about hydro power plant terminology (headwater, tail race, etc.), and how different hydro power plants work (dam, run of the river, tidal, pumped storage etc.). You will also learn about the differences between several hydro turbines and their typical applications (Kaplan, Pelton, Francis).
Whatever your level of understanding, or engineering background (electrical engineering, automobile engineering, power engineering, oil and gas, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering etc.), we guarantee you will have never taken an engineering course like this one (unless you have taken one of our other courses!). Interactive 3D models are used to show you each type of hydroelectric power plant, their main components and each type of hydroelectric turbine. So, why wait? Start the course today and by the end of the week you will have gained some valuable knowledge about the role that hydroelectricity plays in today's power engineering market!Start Course Now
Hydroelectric Power Plants Course
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Welcome To The Course
Introduction to Hydroelectric Power Plants
Hydroelectric Power Plant Terminology
Common Hydroelectric Power Plant Components
Types of Hydroelectric Power Plant
Having completed this course you will be able to:
- Describe what role hydroelectricity plays in today's power engineering market
- List the common hydro power plant components
- Define hydro power plant terminology
- Explain how different hydro power plants work
- List the differences between several hydro turbines and their typical applications
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