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Waterpower Hydro Basics Course Logistics and Agenda

Course Overview

Cost: $565*

Room W209B

Here’s everything you need to know to get started in hydro…and a perfect refresher course for veterans! This intensive, highly practical training is designed to help persons new to hydro be more productive more quickly and to help persons with limited hydro experience expand their knowledge.

All participants are eligible for 12 PDHs and will be given a certificate of attendance at the end of the event. 

*some badge types offer discounted or complimentary access. Check our the registration pricing page for more information.



Waterpower hydro basics course

Course Agenda

8:00 AM
  1. Welcome Coffee and Registration
    15 mins
8:15 AM
  1. 25 mins
    Welcome Description of How Course Works
8:40 AM
  1. 20 mins
    Attendees will build a solid foundation of hydro basics and facts: What Nature Gives Us How Hydroelectric Power Is Captured Multiple Beneficial Uses: Energy Water Supply Irrigation Recreation Navigati ...
9:05 AM
  1. 60 mins
    Hydraulic Design of a Project, including: Dams (includes a brief description of different types, e.g., rockfill, earthen, hydraulic fill, RCC) Spillways and Outlet Works Gates and Heavy Steel Structur ...
10:05 AM
  1. Break
    15 mins
10:20 AM
  1. 60 mins
    Hydro Turbine Overview (Including brief, basic discussion on which types of turbines are optimal for certain flows and heads and on advanced designs for environmental improvements) Performance Curves ...
11:25 AM
  1. 60 mins
    Generators (Fixed Speed, Variable Speed, and Emerging Technology) Governors Controls Excitation Balance of Plant Breakers Transformers Discussion and Q&A  
12:25 PM
  1. Lunch On Your Own
    75 mins
1:40 PM
  1. 60 mins
    Learn the nuts and bolts of hydropower production as compared to other types of generation, including steam (nuclear and fossil), combustion turbine, and wind. Explore how to: Optimize the use of gene ...
2:45 PM
  1. 60 mins
    Gain an insider's view of the critical on-the-ground perspective: Role of the Project Operator Challenges, Including Compliance Requirements and Spill Requirements Discussion Q&A  
3:45 PM
  1. Coffee Break
    20 mins
4:05 PM
  1. 45 mins
    Multiple Uses of Rivers Trade-offs Environmental Considerations Fish Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Gas Temperature Water Quality Environmental/Ecological/Instream Flows Discussion and Q&A
8:00 AM
  1. 45 mins
    Characteristics of free-flowing river and lake ecosystems Common water quality obligations and monitoring methods Mitigation strategies and techniques Discussion and Q&A
8:50 AM
  1. 60 mins
    National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission U.S. Federal Projects How Projects are Regulated Outside the U.S. Discussion and Q&A
9:50 AM
  1. Break
    15 mins
10:05 AM
  1. 60 mins
    Sharing examples of successful communication of hydropower’s role and/or value with: School Children Communities Media or Environmental Groups Policy-makers Discussion and Q&A  
11:10 AM
  1. 50 mins
    Receive your course completion certificate Complete course evaluation Informal dialogue with other course participants Integrate Waterpower Hydro Basics with the upcoming HYDROVISION International® pr ...

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