Course Overview

  • 2.5 Hours

  • All Levels

  • All Devices

  • 12 Months Access

  • Quiz

  • Certificate

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What will you learn in this course?


Humans have been harnessing the power of water for thousands of years. The potential energy of water has been used to drive mills, pumps and for numerous other applications. Converting the potential and kinetic energy of water to electrical energy however, is a relatively new concept. Modern hydroelectric power plants represent the pinnacle of hydropower engineering, but how do they work? How efficient are they? Are they really 'green'? In this course we are going to answer all of these questions and many more! You will learn:

  • What role hydroelectricity plays in today's power engineering market.
  • What the common hydro power plant components are (penstock, gates, spillway, turbines etc.).
  • Hydro power plant terminology (headwater, tail race, etc.).
  • How different hydro power plants work (dam, run of the river, tidal, pumped storage etc.).
  • The differences between several hydro turbines and their typical applications (Kaplan, Pelton, Francis).
  • And a lot lot more!

The course is designed to take you from zero to hero concerning hydroelectric power plant engineering knowledge. Even if you already have some background power plant engineering knowledge, this course will serve as an efficient refresher. Whatever your level of understanding, or engineering background (electrical engineering, automobile engineering, power engineering, oil and gas, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering etc.), we guarantee you will have never taken an engineering course like this one (unless you have taken one of our other courses!).

Interactive 3D models are used to show you each type of hydroelectric power plant, their main components and each type of hydroelectric turbine. 

If you want even more value for your money, check out our Bundled Courses options!

Hope to see you on the course! 


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    1. Course Overview

    1. Welcome

    1. Hydroelectricity Introduction

    2. Short History Lesson

    3. Potential to Electrical Energy

    4. The Hydro Power Engineering Industry

    5. Introduction Quiz

    1. Hydroelectric Power Plant Terminology

    2. Impoundment and Diversion

    3. Headwater, Tailwater, Head, Pondage

    4. Upper and Lower Reservoirs

    5. Hydroelectric Power Plant Terminology Quiz

    1. Hydro Power Plant Components

    2. Prior Preparation and Planning

    3. Trash Racks

    4. Gates

    5. Spillway

    6. Penstock

    7. Turbine Runners

    8. Draft Tube

    9. Powerhouse

    10. Generator and Power Distribution

    11. Common Hydroelectric Power Plant Components Quiz

    1. Hydroelectric Turbines

    2. Reaction and Impulse Turbines

    3. Axial Radial and Mixed Flow

    4. Kaplan Turbines

    5. Variable Pitch Blades and Control Pitch Propellers

    6. Francis Turbines

    7. Pelton Turbines Part 1

    8. Pelton Turbines Part 2

    9. Hydroelectric Turbines Quiz

About this course

  • €49,99
  • 42 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content

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