Pre-Conference Workshops

A Seminar on Design, Operation and Maintenance Considerations for Cogeneration/CHP Systems

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – Houston Hilton North – Houston, USA (In Conjunction with DistribuGen Conference & Trade Show for Cogeneration/CHP 2015)

This seminar is designed to provide an overview of design, operational and maintenance issues experienced by owners/operators/consultants of cogeneration systems. In addition to refreshing the basics and related recent developments, attendees will become familiar with various practical considerations and rules of thumb relating to technologies currently used and under development for enhanced performance. This seminar also covers non-gas turbine based and hybrid cogeneration systems. Cogeneration technologies are gaining renewed attention globally as a means of effective utilization of available energy resources including reduced greenhouse gases and air pollutions. It is projected that globally more than 300,000 MWe of Cogeneration systems will be added by the year 2020.

Earn 2 Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) and receive a certificate of completion!

Learning Objectives
After completing the course, the participants should gain insight of:

  • Comprehensive overview of cogeneration technologies
  • Practical considerations in the design, evaluation, operation & maintenance issues and performance enhancement approaches
  • Exposure to commercial heat balance simulation tools to design and evaluate cogeneration systems
  • Attendees will gain a broad appreciation in handling cogeneration projects

Who Should Attend
Owners, operators, consultants, designers, engineering, procurement & construction companies, government policy and regulatory staff, and project developers involved with cogeneration systems.  This course will be useful for those involved in gas turbines and/or waste heat recovery applications or non-GT based cogeneration systems and specifically fresh engineers becoming involved with cogeneration projects.

Instructor Bios
Rakesh Bhargava, Ph. D.
Dr. Bhargava is President and Founder of Innovative Turbomachinery Technologies Corp. His expertise includes applications of gas turbines and other rotating and reciprocating machines and packaged process equipment used in the off-shore, refinery, power generation, chemical, and pipeline industries. His more than 35 years of experience encompasses inspection and design reviews of process machinery and packaged equipment, field problems resolution, on-site plant equipment performance testing, failure analysis, technical evaluation of used gas turbines, design, research & development of rotating machines, technical expertise in commercial disputes involving rotating machines and the global energy market analysis. He has given numerous invited lectures on gas turbine technologies and energy market around the world and provides customized training courses on rotating machinery and related topics. He is an active member of API Committee on Standards on Mechanical Equipment and has participated in upgrades of number of API specifications. He is a Fellow and Associate Fellow of ASME and AIAA, respectively and currently Chairs the ASME/IGTI Industrial & Cogeneration Committee. Dr. Bhargava received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the City University of New York.

Cyrus Meher-Homji, P.E.
Cyrus Meher-Homji is an Engineering Fellow and Technology Manager at Bechtel Corporation. He works as a turbomachinery advisor for the LNG Technology Group on ongoing LNG projects and studies.  His thirty four years of industrial experience covers gas turbine and compressor engineering, design and troubleshooting. His areas of interest include condition monitoring, aerothermal analysis and gas turbine and compressor applications in LNG liquefaction.  Cyrus is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a Fellow of ASME and is active on several committees of ASME’s International Gas Turbine Institute. He serves on the Texas A&M University Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee.  Cyrus has a     Master’s Degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston.