Opportunities for Cogeneration - Online

This course runs from 19:30 - 21:00 over 4 sessions - once a week for 4 weeks.

  • Understand the technical processes involved in cogeneration and trigeneration systems for a range of technologies 
  • Understand the requirements of ISO 26382 (2010) Cogeneration systems - Technical declarations for planning, evaluation and procurement 
  • Understand the sources and types of energy used within your organisation 
  • Identify energy demand loads in the workplace 
  • Evaluate the business and community benefits associated with different cogeneration and trigeneration projects 
  • Develop solutions to improve energy productivity 
  • Calculate running costs and project costs for cogeneration opportunities to establish a cost/benefit analysis 
  • Use models for financial assessment and business case development (e.g. Payback, IRR, NPV) 
  • Understand and interpret cogeneration product guidelines 
  • Develop an awareness of the various grant funding opportunities that are available 
  • Evaluate procurement opportunities 
  • Prepare reports and effectively communicate energy efficiency recommendations and outcomes 
  • Assess regulatory requirements for cogeneration projects

Course Program

Prior to the course you will receive a pre-course guide to read to help fuel discussion and aid the achievement of learning outcomes on Day 1.

Session 1 & 2 – The Mechanics of Cogeneration and Energy

  • Introduction
  • A Review of Energy Basics
  • Types and Forms of Energy
  • Putting States and Forms of Energy in Context
  • Global Energy Losses
  • Commercially available cogeneration technologies
  • Gas Turbines
  • Summary of efficiencies
  • Less commercially available cogeneration technologies • Cogeneration selection criteria
  • Case Studies

Session 3 & 4 – Cogeneration Feasibility and Evaluation

• Synchronisation with the grid - Frequency

  • Phase angle (power factor)
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Practical importance of power factor - Synchroscope
  • Tie Line Control
  • Import control
  • Connection
  • Base Load
  • Fixed Imported kW
  • Zero power transfer 

• Off the Grid
• Absorption and Adsorption chillers
• Equipment management approaches
• Maintenance
• Funding for organizations to develop new products or innovations
• Financial Performance Measures
• IRR calculation
• Interpreting and creating Marginal Cost Abatement Curves (MACC)
• Return on investment emissions and energy savings curves 
• Co-benefits and the triple bottom line
• Further Resources

Who should attend?

If you are responsible for, or interested in, energy consumption and identification of energy savings in your workplace but need the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully identify cogeneration opportunities and achieve significant energy cost savings you should attend this course.

Why you should undertake this course?

Energy costs are on the rise with projected forecasts in the order of 30%-50% over the next 2 years.

Identifying cogeneration opportunities in the workplace represents a strategy for avoiding the mounting cost pressures that rising energy prices will bring.

Cogeneration offers businesses numerous opportunities to improve operational and financial performance by mitigating energy risks including price increases and exposure to a carbon price e.g. carbon tax.

Cogeneration expertise is a part of the new generation of green skills that form part of the new mix of green-collar jobs transforming the Australian labour market on which new job opportunities and careers will be built.

During the course

Work in groups to complete workbook exercises and engage in discussions on cogeneration opportunities. The completion of workbooks forms part of the final assessment if you wish to gain a Statement of Attainment.

Go through case studies with financial and energy data provided to contextualise the course content and assess relevance and applicability of different projects.

In preparation for the course you will be asked to gather real energy consumption data from your organisation to use in the class exercises and tasks, therefore maximising the course outcomes.

Guidelines for the collection of energy data are supplied in the pre-course guide.

Following the course, you will be given time to prepare a draft business case for cogeneration opportunities you have identified.

Course pre-requisites

Access to a workplace is required in order to complete the final assessment and prepare a business case for a cogeneration initiative. This forms part of your assessment for your Statement of Attainment.

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Robert Nicholls
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