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Summer 2017 Power and Energy Experiences Course

June 18, 2018

The annual edition of the Power and Energy Experiences course took place in the first session of the summer term.

The annual edition of the Power and Energy Experiences course took place in the first session of the summer term. The course was supported by UK’s Power and Energy Institute, PEIK, and partner utilities: LG&E/KU, TVA, EKPC and Duke, and included a one week field trip, which provided the students with an immersive experience through daily visits of regional facilities for generating, distributing and managing electricity. This year tour included a coal fired power plant, hydro generating and pumped storage facilities, a land fill gas generation facility, a non-operational nuclear power plant, a biogas generating facility, the Ft. Knox power system with integrated PV generation, the operations center of a regional electric transmission system operator, an electric distribution substation, and a smart grid demonstration facility. The course, which is an elective for the PEIK undergraduate certificate, and a requirement for the PEIK graduate certificate, also included an on-line module covering theoretical background. Course instructors, Dr. Jeff Seay of the Chemical Engineering Department and Dr. Dan M. Ionel of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, led a full class of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse engineering disciplines.