Course NumberCH-02-701
PDH Hours6
Efficiency Performance and CO2 Emissions from Coal Power Plants

Efficiency Performance and CO2 Emissions from Coal Power Plants

Coal is the biggest single source of energy for electricity production and its share is growing. The efficiency of converting coal into electricity matters: more efficient power plants use less fuel and emit less climate-damaging carbon dioxide. This course explores how efficiency is measured and reported at coal-fired power plants. With many different methods used to express efficiency performance, it is often difficult to compare plants, even before accounting for any fixed constraints such as coal quality and cooling-water temperature. Practical guidelines are presented that allow the efficiency and emissions of any plant to be reported on a common basis and compared against best practice. A global database of plant performance is proposed that would allow under-performing plants to be identified for improvement. The tools and techniques described will be of value to engineers with an interest in the more sustainable use of coal and policy makers would be in a better position to monitor and, if necessary, regulate how coal is used for power generation.

Once you complete your course review, take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credit.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Factors influencing power plant efficiency and emissions
  • Generic reconciliation methodology including process boundaries and data requirements
  • Efficiency outlook for power generation from coal
  • Key concepts such as impact of condenser operating conditions on efficiency, heat and power equivalence, and efficiency standards and monitoring

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