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About this Training Course

This course covers all aspects of wind power plants including evaluation of a potential location for a wind power plant using wind data and using statistical distributions to approximate available wind energy at a wind power plant site. The course provides also an in-depth understanding of all wind power plant equipment including wind turbines, generators, instrumentation and control systems, drive trains, gearboxes, doubly-fed induction generators, synchronous generators, nacelles, towers, transformers, etc. The economics of a wind power plant including economic analysis of wind power generation, economic comparison between a large- and small-scale wind power plant, economic decision making, rate of return from a wind power plant, economic life and replacement of a wind power plant as well as the cost of electricity from wind power plants are covered in detail in this course. A thorough explanation of the design, operation and maintenance of on-shore and off-shore wind farms is presented in detail in this course as well as all the significant improvements that have been made to wind power generating plants during the last two decades.

 

  • Evaluation of a Potential Location for a Wind Power Plant Using Wind Data: Learn how to evaluate the potential location for a wind turbine power plant using wind data.
  • Using Statistical “Rayleigh” Distribution to Approximate Available Power Generation from a Wind Turbine at a Specific Site: Learn how to use statistical “Rayleigh” distribution to approximate available power generation from a wind turbine at a specific site.
  • Calculate the Wind Energy Available at a Site: Gain an understanding on how to calculate the wind energy available at a site.
  • Rated Capacity of a Wind Facility and Capacity Factor: Understand how to determine the rated capacity of a wind facility and its capacity factor.
  • Designing a Wind Power Generating Plant: Learn how to design a wind power generating plant.
  • Wind Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance: Understand the operation and maintenance requirements for all win power plant equipment including wind turbines, generators, nacelles, towers, transformers, etc.
  • Wind Power Plant Instrumentation and Control Systems: Gain a thorough understanding about the latest instrumentation and control systems of wind power plants.
  • Economics of Wind Power Plants: Gain a thorough understanding of the economics of wind power plants including economic analysis of wind power generation, economic comparison between a large- and small-scale wind power plant, comparison of alternatives, rate of return from a wind power plant, financial statements for a wind power plant, cost of electricity from a wind power plant, and levelized cost of wind energy.
  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals

The VILT will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 1 x 10 minutes break per day, including time for lectures, discussion, quizzes and short classroom exercises.

Additionally, some self-study will be requested. Participants are invited but not obliged to bring a short presentation (10 mins max) on a practical problem they encountered in their work. This will then be explained and discussed during the VILT. A short test or quiz will be held at the end the course.

Your specialist course leader has more than 32 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of the largest electric utility in North America. He was previously involved in research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories.

While working at OPG, he acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time, he worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.

Later, he worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by him covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.

In addition, he has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. He has been consistently ranked as “Excellent” or “Very Good” by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.

He written 5 books for working engineers from which 3 have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by him;

  • Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  • Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  • Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  • Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  • Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).

Furthermore, he has received the following awards:

  • The first “Excellence in Teaching” award offered by PowerEdge, Singapore, in December 2016
  • The first “Excellence in Teaching” award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  • The “Excellence in Teaching Award” in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  • Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).

Lastly, he was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree “with distinction” from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.