Conducting Test Burns for Power Plants
November 28-29, 2017
Overland Park, KS

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This program is designed for plant managers, engineers, and operators working at coal power plants who are interested in performing testing of new fuels at their power plant to improve their fuel flexibility and reduce their generation costs. The topics covered in this program will emphasize goal-setting, pre-screening, planning, operations and analysis during the test burn, and post-test forensic analysis. Safety will be a focus throughout the program, especially when designing a test burn plan.

This program will feature presentations from two utility engineers who will share their experience with testing at coal power plants, including how to be flexible when the best-laid plans of the test burn go awry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss why test burn planning is worth the effort and the expense, as well as why fuel flexibility is important for the life of your power plant
  • Review unit and fuel test parameters and their importance for the test burn
  • Anticipate potential safety hazards or risks, design a plan for worker safety, and plan for a “soft fail” when things go wrong
  • Appreciate all of the data available for the test burn, and how to use it
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for your test burn with a mission for safe success
  • Evaluate the success of your test after the burn, including correcting for event-specific factors



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 and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

The training will utilize a combination of case studies and power point presentations


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

12:30 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  :: Introduction to Test Burn Planning

  • Examining the drivers and benefits of test burn planning from a safety, cost, and performance standpoint
  • Evaluating the economic benefits of developing and following a good test burn plan

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Implementing a Safety First Approach to Test Burns

A test burn plan is only worthwhile if there is a focus from the top on down on safety of everyone involved with the test burn process. Guidelines for writing safety documentation and enforcing safety at the power plant will be covered, as will examples and “lessons learned” from test burns.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Voice from the Industry 1 – Do’s and Don’ts of Performing Tests at Power Plants

This course will present practical considerations for performing a variety of different tests on large utility boilers. Instructor will present case studies from successful tests based on first-hand experience. Attendees will gain insight on:

  • Communication with stakeholders & understanding their motivations
  • Checklist of things to do & avoid
  • Indirect items associated with testing

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  :: The Importance of Fuel Quality

Modern power plants have a wide range of fuels available for their consumption, and determining which ones are of interest can be a daunting task. This session will cover screening techniques for selecting fuels to burn, setting specifications for test burn fuels, ensuring proper testing and analysis of the fuel are conducted prior to the burn, and accounting for potential fuel quality variability.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break               

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: Online Performance Monitoring and Historical Data Analysis

This section will discuss how to ensure that plant data gathered during the test burn series will be complete, accurate, and useful to the power plant. Typical performance metrics, emissions analysis, O&M assessment, and data collection and compilation techniques will be discussed, with examples given from real situations.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Long-term Impacts of Fuel Switching

One item rarely analyzed in test burn planning are the potential impacts of burning a new fuel. What could be some of the long-term O&M concerns? How might a new fuel, combined with a change in operations and load-demand curve lead to unexpected impacts to cost, heat rate, maintenance, and availability? How might outage scheduling and duration be impacted? An example of analyses utilizing RAM modeling will demonstrate how these impacts can be quantified.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Designing the Test Plan

This session will lead the audience through the process of creating a test burn plan, seeking input and “buy in” from all levels of the company and the power plant, tailoring the plan to meet all safety and performance goals, permitting, and adapting the plan to be flexible as testing environments and/or goals change.

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Voice from the Industry 2 – Boardman Coal Plant’s Torrefied Biomass Test

Over the past 10 years PGE has performed significant research in the area of bio fuels. In 2016 Boardman performed a series of progressively larger biomass tests that eventually led to a successful 100% torrefied biomass test burn. This program was a series of 4 test burns of biomass fuel at a 600 MW pulverized coal unit which was considering a coal to biomass conversion, and was conducted safely and successfully despite uncooperative weather and unexpected equipment failures. The principal focus will be on planning, teambuilding at the power plant, safety measures, testing and analysis prior to the burns, development of the final test burn plan, and the process of an evolving plan through four test burns, resulting in a successful full-unit test.

  • Contextualizing the reasons for testing biomass
  • Sourcing biomass fuel
  • Implementing biomass safety
  • Boardman biomass test burns


Una Nowling, Technology Leader, Black & Veatch Corporation

Pete Rogge, Performance Engineer, KCP&L

Pete Rogge is Performance Engineering Supervisor for KCP&L’s generation fleet. Pete has been with KCP&L for 5 years, with various assignments related to Performance/Combustion Engineering. He started his career at Black & Veatch, working in Power Generation Services performing traditional mechanical system design for power plants. At KCP&L Pete has focused on plant improvement projects, including a Sootblowing Optimization project which was featured in POWER magazine.

Randy Curtis, Technical Services Supervisor, PGE Boardman Plant

Randy Curtis is a Technical Services Supervisor for PGE, where he is responsible for engineering and chemistry management and a biomass project engineer. From 1991 to 2012, he worked for as a Plant Engineer for the Boardman Coal Fired Power Plant, were his areas of expertise were boiler engineering, fuels, fuel handling, piping and valve design and maintenance, plant efficiency, welding and metallurgy, quality control, inspection techniques, construction and quality control codes and regulations. Prior to that he was a Plant Engineer at PGE’s Trojan Nuclear Plant, where he was responsible for maintenance engineering, welding engineering and quality control.

Randy holds a BS Degree in welding technology and engineering at Utah State University.


Black & Veatch
11401 Lamar Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66211


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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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