Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and Hydroelectric Power Generation

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Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and Hydroelectric Power Generation

Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and Hydroelectric Power Generation 2017-05-19T15:20:39-05:00

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Course Number: SEM-007

Length of Course: 16 hours

Seminar Location: This seminar is available for on-site training

In Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and Hydroelectric Power Generation, you’ll learn …

  • Principles of electricity, fundamental AC and DC concepts, and basic circuit analysis techniques
  • Electrical equipment and instrumentation in industrial applications, including motors, transformers, switchgear, over current protection devices, and power/energy monitoring systems
  • Electrical control systems; i.e. PLC’s (SCADA), drives, sensors, input devices, output devices, analog and discrete I/O’s and basic control system architecture
  • Methods, principles, concepts and mathematical approach for determination of electrical energy/power generated in common hydroelectric projects – the “water-to-wire” analysis
  • A brief overview of some of the more common, contemporary, renewable energy harnessing methods, i.e. wind turbines, solar energy systems (thermal & photovoltaic), fuel cell systems, micro-turbines, etc.


This seminar introduces the basic principles of electricity, fluids and hydrodynamics in a simple, easy to understand format. Attendees will learn how to perform straight-forward, common calculations associated with voltage, current, power, power factor, flow rate and water horsepower.

Practical examples of electrical applications in industrial settings are provided. The seminar also covers electrical equipment, components, devices and test instrumentation, as well as important electrical safety concepts. A brief introduction to the National Electric Code, NFPA 70E Arc Flash regulations is provided. Cost and power quality aspects of electricity are also explained.

After a brief review of pertinent concepts in hydrodynamics, hydrostatics and fluid-to-electrical energy transformation, the basics of hydroelectric power generation are illustrated through various case studies. Cross-discipline analogies are used, where applicable, to better illustrate the fundamental concepts presented in the seminar.

This seminar caters to engineers of all disciplines, as well as technicians, facilities managers and executives who are not intimately familiar with electrical engineering principles and practices and the concepts behind the transformation of fluid/hydraulic energy into electrical energy.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The principles and concepts associated with AC and DC electricity, and the distinction between these two realms of electricity
  • The role played by voltage and current angles in the determination of power factor
  • How addition of power factor correcting capacitors results in improvement of power factors and the mystery behind “addition of too much capacitance,” and how to avoid it
  • Important electrical system concepts, such as, power quality, load factor and service factor, demand, peak demand, distinction between electrical energy and electrical power, and associated computation methods
  • The important AC voltage representations in phasor, polar and rectangular forms
  • Three-phase AC, Y and Delta configuration of loads and sources
  • How transformers work and their voltage transformation role
  • Power distribution equipment and instrumentation
  • The role NEC and NFPA 70 E play in the field of electrical design, electrical safety and arc flash hazard
  • How PLCs work and how to interpret contemporary electrical control drawings
  • How to interpret electrical one-line and comprehensive wiring diagrams
  • Fundamental concepts associated with electrical power quality, electrical power productivity and electrical power cost reduction in the industrial and commercial realm
  • Essential components of electrical power contracts and electricity bills
  • Power Transmission System: Power Generation Plants and Power Transmission System. Typical voltages, amperages, 230 kV, 500kV, Lo, Med: 2400 13.8kv; Hi: 69KV 230kV
  • Basic hydrostatics (fluid statics) and hydrodynamics (fluid flow) concepts
  • The principles of operation of hydraulic machines

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Ken Hudspeth, General Manager
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