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Basics of Energy Management Series Bundle (module 1-8)
Both the Comprehensive Five-Day Training Program For Energy Managers and the Fundamentals Of Energy Management Two-day course assume a basic problem solving skill level on the part of all seminar attendees.
This basic skill level includes the ability to quickly and accurately perform numerical calculations using a hand calculator, the ability to understand and use basic algebra rules and operations, and the ability to set up problem solution expressions and calculations from a written problem statement.
Persons without this skill level often have trouble simply understanding course concepts, and generally have problems passing the CEM exam. Even people with substantial experience in the energy field may have difficulty passing the CEM exam if their basic problem-solving skills are rusty.
This self-paced seminar/workbook has been designed with two purposes in mind:
1. to develop (or review) the problem-solving skills needed for solving energy management problems by
a. covering the use of a calculator in problem solving
b. reviewing algebra skills c.explaining problem-solving methods d.providing a large number of example problems to practice on
2. to provide background information on energy topics covered in AEE’s energy management seminars.
BARNEY CAPEHART, Ph.D, C.E.M., is a professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has broad experience in the commercial/industrial sector, having served as Director of the University of Florida Industrial Assessment Center from 1990 to 1999. He has personally conducted over 100 audits of industrial facilities and has assisted students in conducting audits of hundreds of office buildings, small businesses, government facilities, and other commercial facilities. He is the lead author for the Guide to Energy Management textbook, founding editor of the Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology, and co-author or editor of five other energy books. Dr Capehart is the creator of AEE's Five Day Training Program for Energy Managers, and has trained over 10,000 energy managers in that program.
This workbookr starts with a discussion of the need for energy management, and then introduces the basic concepts and terminology for energy in the form of heat, electricity, gas, oil, and coal. Common energy units are discussed, and calculations involving conversions from one form of energy to another are introduced. Basic forms of energy such as kinetic and potential energy are discussed, along with a simplified approach to the more advanced properties of energy including the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.
The introductory material concludes with a presentation of the statistics on national energy supply and use. Sources of energy including oil, gas, coal, and renewables are shown in terms of their contribution to our total national energy supply. Energy use is broken down into the sectors or residential, commercial, industrial and transportation. Detailed pie charts of electrical use are included.
What is Energy and National Energy Use Types,
Sources and Properties of Energy Energy Units,
Power and Energy
First Law and Second Law of Thermodynamics National Energy Supply and Use Oil, Gas, Coal and Electricity Residential, Commercial and Industrial Use
Examples Practice Test
This guide is designed to help you become familiar with basic calculator operations and applications. Most of the operations discussed can be performed using a
simple eight function calculator. For the advanced calculator operations shown in section 3-5, a general or scientific calculator (less than $15) will be needed. The guide is intended for two types of
– Non-engineers who have not developed skills in the area of evaluating numerical expressions and
equations using basic calculator operations
– Engineers who have not used these numerical and calculator skills for a number of years and want
This guide is written to complement the study guide for basic arithmetic and calculator skills. The sections of the guide include:
I.Algebraic Rules and Operations (p. 4-3)
II.Definitions and Concepts (p. 4-12)
A.Fractions, Numerators and Denominators (p. 4-13)
B.Fractions: The Well-chosen One (p. 4-15)
C.Units (p. 4-16)
D.Conversion Factors (p. 4-18)
III.Dimensional Analysis (p. 4-23)
A.The Railroad Track Method (p. 4-28)
B.Using Conversion Factors (p. 4-32)
IV.Parameters (p. 4-45)
V.Graphs (p. 4-52)
VI.Perimeters, Areas and Volumes (p. 4-55)
VII.Percentages (p. 4-62)
VIII.Analyzing and Solving Basic Energy Problems (p. 4-73)
IX.Simultaneous Equations (p. 4-84)
Energy Units And Energy Conversions is devoted to energy units and energy unit conversions using the Railroad Track method. All common energy units are discussed, and calculations involving conversions from one form of energy to another are shown in detail using the Railroad Track method.
Heat content of common fuels are examined, as well as calculating both purchase cost of fuels per common unit of energy, and point of use cost of typical fuels. Energy accounting, energy use indices and energy cost indices are presented, and typical calculations and analyses are covered.
Finally, in this section, the concepts of economic analysis are introduced, and common economic cost effectiveness measures are discussed along with examples of their determination and use.
Facility Electrical Systems and Understanding Electric Rates deals with facility electric systems and electric rates, and emphasizes the difference between energy and power in general, and energy and demand for electrical use billing. Basic electrical terms are defined and common electrical system voltages, phases, and supply configurations are presented. Single phase and three phase power systems are discussed, and power calculations for both single phase and three phase systems are shown.
The chapter concludes with a discussion of electric rate structures and how electric bills are determined. Customer costs, energy costs and demand costs are all covered in detail. Sample electric bills are given, and monthly electric costs are determined.
Economic analysis and economic decision making is the topic of Economic Analysis and Economic Decisions, which starts with simple payback periods, and then moves on to the time value of money. Interest rates and discount rates are discussed, and are used to find present values and present worths. Economic decision criteria are covered next, including Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Savings to Investment Ratio and Life Cycle Costing.
Basic Technologies, Terminology and Units for Equipment End Use Categories, provides an introduction to the equipment and end use applications of the energy that facilities buy. These equipment areas are lighting, motors, HVAC, boilers and steam systems. In each of these areas, basic technologies, concepts, terms, and definitions are presented, as well as some of the basic formulas and calculations that are commonly required.