West Virginia Energy Efficiency 30 PDH Discount Package 1
Courses in this Package
Continuous Energy Improvement in Motor Driven Systems (E08-007)
Heating and Cooling System Upgrades (M03-022)
All About Gas Fireplaces (M03-031)
Wind Turbine Technology (R04-009)
Estimating the Environmental Effects of Green Roofs (C02-075)
Advancing Clean Electric Power Technologies: Solar Power (R02-016)
Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook (E02-022)
Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (C01-021)
Improving Process Heating Systems Performance (M05-026)
This online engineering PDH course presents the fundamental information and necessary guidance required to assist the Manufacturing and Process industries in optimizing their electric motor driven systems which leads to substantial energy / cost savings.
Electric motors are among the least well-managed industrial equipment, even though motor-driven equipment accounts for approximately 70% of the electrical energy consumed by process industries and approximately 90% for electrical intensive industries. Motors that are not properly managed can result in billions of dollars in wasted energy and operating costs to an industry.
A detailed analysis of the U.S. motor systems inventory indicates that this energy use could be reduced by 11% to 18% if plant managers implement all cost-effective applications of mature and proven energy efficiency technologies and practices. It is worth noting that the suggested improvements are not necessarily limited to the U.S., but can be implemented in any industry around the world that utilizes motor driven systems.
This 8 PDH online course is applicable to electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineers as well as other technical personnel interested in learning more about improving the operation of motor driven systems.
- Familiarizing with motor energy management and best practices
- Understanding the different types of utility charges
- Learning about the steps involved in conducting a motor survey
- Familiarizing with motor specification and selection considerations
- Estimating motor load and efficiency
- Analyzing motor efficiency opportunities
- Conducting plans for improving motor efficiency
- Familiarizing with the opportunities to improve system efficiencies
- Understanding the importance and practicality of power factor correction
This online engineering PDH course identifies the opportunities for improving the performance of the heating and cooling system based on the type of system that is in place.
Heating and cooling systems are the largest single consumers of energy in buildings. These systems condition the air within a building so that occupants are comfortable. Heating and cooling systems consist mainly of chillers, boilers, cooling towers, and pumps. There are central heating and cooling systems, and unitary systems that combine heating and cooling. Opportunities exist for improvement to both central and unitary systems.
This 3 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, contractors, designers and other technical professionals who are involved in the retrofit of existing heating and cooling systems.
- Understanding the best opportunities available for upgrading central cooling systems including chillers, cooling towers, water side economizers and pumps
- Understanding the best opportunities available for upgrading central heating systems including boilers and furnaces
- Understanding the best opportunities available for unitary systems including packaged or rooftop units, split system packaged units, air source heat pumps and water loop heat pump systems
- Learning about new strategies aimed at saving energy such as geothermal heat pumps, district cooling and heating, radiant heating and cooling, cool storage, high temperature difference distribution, evaporative cooling, and non-electric cooling
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review "Heating and Cooling System Upgrades" of the Energy Star Building Manual. (Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy).
This online engineering PDH course presents the basics of gas fireplaces and briefly describes their different types, venting systems, efficiency ratings, ignition and controls, as well as their heat exchange and transfer. It also describes what to look for in a safe, energy-efficient gas fireplace as well as the problems that can be encountered with certain technologies. This course also provides information about where to locate the fireplace for maximum benefit and efficiency.
Changes in the way houses are built and renovated have made most contemporary homes incompatible with conventional wood-burning fireplaces. Most notably, the increased insulation and improved air-tightness of today's homes run counter to the large amounts of air required by conventional wood fireplaces. Such fireplaces are also extremely inefficient and produce high levels of harmful emissions, which pollute outdoor air and can have dangerous effects on indoor air quality. Some new fireplace designs offer a safe, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional wood fireplaces.
This 3 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, architects, designers, contractors, homeowners, and gas fireplace manufacturers.
Understanding the different types of gas fireplaces and their venting systems
Familiarizing with common efficiency ratings
Familiarizing with different types of ignitions and controls
Understanding the basics of heat exchange and transfer
Knowing where to locate a fireplace for maximum benefit
Understanding the safety tips for operating a gas fireplace
Learning how to use the gas fireplace efficiently
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the publication "All About Gas Fireplaces" by the Office of Energy Efficiency of the Natural Resources Canada, revised March 2004.
This online engineering PDH course provides a brief overview of wind turbine technology and its associated components, discusses the financial considerations and the technological improvements that would be required to increase the reliance on wind energy in the future.
Current turbine technology has enabled wind energy to become a viable power source in today’s energy market. Advancements in turbine technology that have the potential to increase wind energy’s presence are currently being explored through areas of study including reducing capital costs, increasing capacity factors, and mitigating risk through enhanced system reliability.
This 4 PDH online course is intended for renewable, sustainability, mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineers, as well as other technical personnel who are interested in gaining a basic understanding of wind turbine technology.
- Familiarizing with the basic configuration of the modern wind turbine
- Knowing the options in improving wind turbine technology
- Understanding the technical and financial risks involved in wind technology
- Familiarizing with offshore wind technology
- Learning about distributed wind technology (DWT) and their applications
This online engineering PDH course provides insight on how to estimate the positive environmental effects of green roof installations in cities. This is accomplished by providing a brief introduction to the basic concepts and definitions relating to urban environmental pollution, followed by a case study of the Kansas City metropolitan area.
A green roof—also called a vegetated roof or eco-roof—is a roof with soil and plants placed on top of a conventional roof. Green roofs are growing in popularity, as they have proven to be a cost-effective strategy for creating more livable and sustainable cities. Integrating nature-based solutions like green roofs into the urban landscape has several benefits to the environment, public health, and society.
This 2 PDH online course is applicable to architects, sustainability, environmental, and building engineers, as well as other technical personnel interested in learning more about the numerous benefits of green roof installations in urban areas.
- Learning how green roofs benefit the environment and public health
- Familiarizing with green roofs using as a case study (Kansas City, Missouri)
- Understanding the analytical process, methodology, and tools used in estimating the benefits of green roof installations
- Understanding the limitations of the model and results of the presented case study
This online PDH course briefly discusses the solar market and solar energy’s technical and resource potential. Also, it addresses R&D strategy and priorities, the development and status of solar technologies and markets, projected solar deployment and impacts, and solutions for high-penetration of renewable energy into the electricity grid.
Solar energy offers a number of strategic benefits to the United States. Replacing fossil-fuel combustion with solar energy reduces emissions of human-induced greenhouse gases and air pollutants.
Despite these benefits, solar energy currently supplies only a small fraction of U.S. energy needs, largely because it historically has cost more than conventional energy sources. However, solar manufacturing costs and sales prices have dropped dramatically over the past few decades, and solar technologies are approaching energy-price parity with conventional generating sources in some regions of the United States and abroad.
This 2 PDH online course is intended for mechanical, electrical and renewable energy engineers as well as others interested in learning more about the current solar market and solar energy’s technical and resource potential.
- Familiarization with the solar market and solar energy’s technical and resource potential
- Familiarizing with R&D strategy and priorities
- Understanding the development and status of solar technologies and markets
- Understanding the nature of projected solar deployment and their impact on the U.S. electricity markets
This online engineering PDH course presents the considerations for hosting public charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). It provides detailed information about PEVs, charging basics, benefits, costs, and discusses the installation and maintenance of charging stations.
Concerns about the environmental impacts of conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) vehicles sparked a PEV renaissance at the end of the 20th century. Today, PEVs are back and ready to compete with — and complement — the ubiquitous ICE technology. First, advances in electric-drive technologies enabled commercialization of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), which integrate an ICE or other power source with batteries, regenerative braking, and an electric motor to boost fuel economy. Continued technological advances have spawned plug-in HEVs (PHEVs), which integrate small ICEs (or other power sources) and large, grid-chargeable batteries that enable all-electric driving ranges of 10 to 40 miles or more. Advanced technologies have also enabled manufacturers to introduce a new generation of EVs that don’t use an ICE at all. At the same time, charging station technologies have evolved to facilitate a range of charging options and business models.
This 2 PDH online course is intended for mechanical and electrical engineers as well as others interested in learning more about plug-in electric vehicles.
- Understanding the basics behind plug-in electric vehicles
- Learning about the different types of charging methods
- Understanding the costs and benefits of hosting charging stations
- Learning about the basic installation and maintenance considerations of charging stations
This online engineering PDH course presents the facts and statistics about the generation and disposition of municipal solid waste (MSW) over time in the United States. It examines the disposing of waste in landfills, recycling, composting, and combustion with energy recovery.
Approximately 262 million tons of MSW was generated in the United States in 2015. Understanding how waste is generated and disposed of is important for managing scarce materials.
This report analyzes MSW trends in generation and management, materials and products, and economic indicators affecting MSW. It also includes a section on the generation of construction and demolition (C&D) debris, which is not a part of MSW, but comprises a significant portion of the non-hazardous solid waste stream.
This 1 PDH online course is applicable to civil, environmental and sustainability engineers and other technical personnel who are interested in gaining a basic understanding of waste management on the individual and household level.
- Knowing where MSW comes from and how it is disposed of
- Understanding how to manage materials in order to maximize economic efficiency
- Learning when recycling, composting, and combusting with energy recovery should be used
- Familiarizing with the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) process
This online engineering PDH course describes basic process heating applications and equipment, and outlines opportunities for energy and performance improvements. It also discusses the merits of using a systems approach in identifying and implementing these improvement opportunities for Fuel-Based and Electric-Based heating systems. Furthermore, it provides recommendations to financially justify process heating improvement projects (System Economics).
Process heating is essential in the manufacture of most consumer and industrial products, including those made out of metal, plastic, rubber, carbon fiber, concrete, glass, and ceramics. Process heating systems are broken into three basic categories: Fuel-Based Process Heating, Electric-Based Process Heating, and Steam-Based Process Heating all of which are discussed in details.
This 5 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical, industrial and process engineers, designers, manufacturers and all personnel involved in the planning, design and installation of process heating systems.
- Understanding the basics behind process heating operations
- Familiarizing with the common types of process heating systems and equipment
- Recognizing efficiency opportunities for fuel-based and electric-based heating systems
- Learning how to financially justify process heating improvement projects