Energy Conversion

Learning objectives

  • Define energy
  • Describe the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources
  • Describe the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy
  • Describe the three basic energy conversions taking place in a fossil fuel-fired power plant
  • Identify benefits and desirable features of fossil fuel-fired units
  • Define efficiency
  • Describe losses and efficiency related to fossil fuel-fired power plants

Course overview

Power plants use equipment, pumps, and piping systems to convert other types of energy into electrical energy. Understanding energy conversions in a power plant helps understand a plant's operation. The Energy Conversion training course describes how energy from fossil and renewable fuels is captured and converted into electrical energy. It also discusses efficiency and its role in energy conversions.

This online training course explains what energy is. It also outlines energy conversions in a fossil-fuel power plant and energy conversion efficiency. Energy Conversions is part of the Power Generation training series.

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