Coal Power Plant Fundamentals

Coal Power Plant Fundamentals

August 13-14, 2020 | Online :: Central time

This general introductory course provides some basic engineering concepts needed to understand how a coal-fired power plant works, followed by a general overview of power plant layout and operating principles. All major systems in the power plant will be discussed, from coal handling to the switchyard. Relationships between power plant systems will be illustrated. The focus will be on simple presentation of complex engineering ideas, so attendees are not required to have engineering or scientific backgrounds to attend this seminar.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify how energy is released from fuel and how it is transformed into electrical energy by a power plant
  • Discuss the basic principles of heat, work, and energy in the power cycle
  • Review how the major equipment and subsystems in a power plant work and how they work together
  • Analyze how certain factors can affect the performance and availability of a power plant
  • Review the basic operating principles of a power plant
  • Discuss how electricity is directed out of the power plant



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power point, class discussion


Thursday, August 13, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing 

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Basic Power Plant Concepts
    • Simple Steam Engine
  • Work and Heat in Power Plants
    • Flow, Temperature, and Pressure
    • Ideal Gas Law
    • Enthalpy
  • Fuels
    • Coal, Oil, and Gas
    • All Combustion Processes Generate CO2
  • Chemistry
    • Chemical Reactions
    • First Law of Thermodynamics
    • Gas Combustion
    • Stoichiometry
  • Coal
    • Types of Coal
    • Fuel Analysis
  • Heating Value
    • Higher Heating Value (HHV)
    • Lower Heating Value (LHV)
  • Thermodynamics
    • Second Law of Thermodynamics
    • State Diagrams
    • Heat Engines
  • Heat Transfer
    • Heat Flows
    • Temperature Gradients
  • Power Cycles
    • Open Cycles
    • Closed Cycles
    • Rankine (Steam) Cycles
    • Brayton (Gas Turbine) Cycles
  • Equipment
    • Coal Handling and Transportation
    • Coal Preparation
    • Ignition Systems
  • Air Handling
    • Fans
    • Air Heaters
  • Air Quality Control Systems
    • NOx Control Systems
    • Particulate Controls
    • Wet Flue Gas Control Systems
    • Dry Flue Gas Controls

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

  • Firing Systems and Boilers
    • Combustion Heat Transfer
    • Radiation, Convection, and Conduction
  • Burners
    • Premix and Diffusion Flames
    • Fuel Considerations
    • NO Formation
    • Influence of Excess Air
  • Firing Systems
    • Wall Firing
    • Tangential Firing
  • Boilers
    • Water Tube Boilers
  • Circulation Systems
    • Natural Circulation
    • Forced Circulation
    • Once Through
    • Supercritical
    • Steam Drums
    • Water Wall Tubes
    • Superheater and Reheater Tubing
    • Economizer Tubing
  • Ash and Ash Handling
    • Fly Ash, Clinker, and Slag
    • Ash Properties
    • Ash Influence on Boiler Size
    • Ash Cleaning
  • Steam Turbines
    • Turbine as a Heat Engine
    • Steam Cycle
    • Extraction Steam
    • Impulse and Reaction Blades
    • Turbine Examples
    • Blade Examples
  • Condensers
    • Role in Turbine Work
    • Back Pressure


Friday, August 14, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing 

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break 

  • Condensate and Feedwater Systems
    • Feedwater Heaters
    • Deaerators
    • Boiler Feed Pumps
  • Water Treatment
    • The Need for Ultra Clean Water
    • External Treatment
    • Demineralization
    • Internal Treatment
    • Steam Purity
  • Pumps and Compressors
    • Positive Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps
    • Seals, Couplings, and Motors
    • Instrument and Service Air
    • Positive Displacement and Centrifugal Compressors
  • Instrumentation
    • Pressure Gauges
    • Flow Meters
    • Level Indicators
    • Temperatures
    • Supervisory Systems
    • Flame Scanners
    • Water Chemistry
  • Main Control Systems
    • Control Philosophy
    • Feedwater Control
    • Steam Temperature Control
    • Combustion Control
    • Superheat and Reheat Control
    • Turbine Speed Control
  • Interlocks
    • Permissive
    • Trip
    • Boiler Interlocks
    • Turbine Interlocks
    • Electrical Interlocks

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

  • Plant Operations
    • Check Lists and Operating Manuals
    • Start Ups
  • Station Performance
    • Efficiency
    • Plant Heat Rate
    • GHG Emissions
    • Factors that Influence Plant Efficiency
  • Generators
    • Simple DC Generator
    • AC Generator
    • Use of Electromagnets
  • Transformers and Switchyard
    • Voltage Control
    • Generator Components
    • Switchyard Components
    • Transformers
    • Circuit Breakers
    • Lightning Arresters
  • Review
  • Exam (for CEUs)


Carl R. Bozzuto / Honorary Member / The Council of Industrial Boiler Owners

Carl Bozzuto has nearly 50 years of experience in combustion and boiler operations and research. He began his career as a research engineer, senior project engineer, manager, and director for Combustion Engineering Inc.  Carl was named vice president of process technology for the company, where he was responsible for the development and commercialization of new boiler and power plant technologies, including advanced cycles, ultra-supercritical boilers, alternative working fluids, fluid bed boilers, plant integration, and other plant component technology.  Serving recently as vice president of technology for the Power Environment Sector at Alstom Power Inc., he was responsible for the development and implementation of new technology for boiler and environmental products on a worldwide basis. Bozzuto holds 18 U.S. patents and membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Combustion Institute, the Source Evaluation Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  He has authored more than 30 published technical papers and was editor-in-chief of the textbook Clean Combustion Technologies, published by Alstom Power in 2009.  Bozzuto has earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in management from the Hartford Graduate Center (RPI).

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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