Introduction to Reciprocating Engine Power Plants

Learning objectives

  • Define reciprocating engine
  • Describe the basic operation of a reciprocating engine
  • Explain the role of reciprocating engines in large-scale power generation
  • Describe the typical layout of a stand-alone reciprocating engine power plant
  • Explain why reciprocating engines are incorporated into existing power plants
  • Describe the use of cogeneration in a reciprocating engine power plant

Course overview

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain the operation of a reciprocating engine and describe the common configurations in which it can be used in power generation facilities.

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