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An Introduction to Power Plant Cogeneration

COURSE NO: D02-007
An Introduction to Power Plant Cogeneration
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to electric power plant cogeneration. It presents cogeneration cycles, efficiency, methods of operation, interconnection with utility and economics.


Cogeneration is the simultaneous generation of electricity (or mechanical energy) and steam (or other thermal energy such as hot air or hot water) from the same fuel (or energy) source.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for electrical engineers and electric utility managers interested in learning about cogeneration methods and strategies.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the cogeneration cycles which consist of operating energy conversion equipment such as boilers, turbines, and electric generators so as to produce both electricity and steam or other thermal energy
  • Learning about the basic conventional cycle which consists of a steam boiler and turbine, which drives either an electrical generator or other mechanical equipment, and from which steam is extracted or exhausted to environmental heating or processes
  • Learning about the combined cycle which consists of a gas turbine which exhausts to a heat recovery steam generator
  • Learning how under parallel operation, a cogeneration plant is electrically interconnected and synchronized with an electric utility distribution or transmission system, with both the cogenerator and electric utility generating electricity simultaneously
  • Learning about peak shaving
  • Learning about isolated operation, where the cogeneration plant generates, independently of the electric utility, all electricity and steam needed and used by the facilities that it serves
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, “An Introduction to Power Plant Cogeneration”.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Power Plant Cogeneration (2.0 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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