Introduction to Large Thermal Power Generation Plants 2018-07-30T14:56:22+00:00

Course Snapshot:

  • 3-day continuing education course focusing on large, field-erected steam generators with a 500,000 to 7 million pounds per hour steam-generation rating
  • Professional Development Hours: 16 PDHs
  • Includes Five Power Plant Tours: Williamson, Liberty, Logan, Eddystone, and Marcus Hook Energy Center
  • Cost: $995 per participant
Registration Closed

This Year’s Course Highlights:

Lead Instructor:

rstormRichard F. Storm, PE, President (retired), of Storm Technologies, Inc., Albemarle, NC
Dick has broad experience in the energy field. After studying power plant technology at Williamson College of the Trades, he worked many years in a variety of positions at several energy creating firms, including Results Engineer and technical assistant for Babcock and Wilcox Co.; senior service engineer for Riley Stoker Corp.; senior engineer, principal engineer, and operations superintendent at Carolina Power and Light; and vice president of Technical Services at Flame Refractories, Inc. In 1992, he took his lifelong energy experience and founded Storm Technologies, Inc., specializing in serving large electric utilities and heavy industry. He now serves as senior consultant. He has taken courses at the University of Akron, is a Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and New Jersey, and has written numerous technical papers. He has also been a contributing editor for POWER Magazine, writing on coal combustion for many years, and has been one of the instructors of the Storm Technologies Short Course on Combustion and Performance Improvements of Large Utility Boilers which has been presented to thousands of Utility Engineers over the last 30 years.

Other Instructors:

  • Scott V. Chilman – Director of Power Plant Technology, Williamson College of the Trades
  • Kevin Hatch – Shift Supervisor, System Operations, at PJM Interconnection and a Williamson Power Plant Technology graduate
  • Stacy Starr – Retired Senior Technical Service Engineer at Sunoco and a Williamson Power Plant Technology graduate
  • Tom Reilly – President, TJR Technical Services and a Williamson Power Plant Technology graduate

Course Topics:

Williamson College of the Trades prides itself in training our students for 128 years through an educational curriculum of practical, hands-on experience and classroom studies. This summer, Introduction to Large Thermal Power Generation Plants continues Williamson’s long established approach to education by combining classroom instruction and tours of local operating power plants to produce a one-of-a-kind continued education course. These regional industries employ Williamson graduates and maintain an on-going beneficial relationship with our college.

Introduction to Large Thermal Power Generation Plants seeks to be representative of current day power production in the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), approximately 85% of electricity is produced from Thermal Power Plants, represented through four different production resources:

  • 34%  Natural Gas
  • 31%  Coal
  • 20% Nuclear
  • 15% Hydropower and Renewables

Power Plant Tours:*

Five different plants will provide good examples of electricity generation from natural gas, fuel oil, and coal:
*Tours subject to change

  • Marcus Hook Energy Center (Starwood Energy Group, operated by Granite International) has 840 Megawatts (mW) of natural gas generation capacity. The plant is located in the center of the Sunoco Refinery complex, which is being updated by Energy Transfer Partners to become a large liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting terminal to export natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to Europe.
  • Liberty Power Station (Dynegy) is a 550 mW power plant with two General Electric 7FA gas turbines, two Aalborg heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), and one Toshiba steam turbine supplying power to PJM Interconnection, LLC, a regional transmission organization for Pennsylvania.
  • Logan Generating Plant (Ares Management) is a coal-fired power station located on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River that produces 225 mW of electricity using pulverized coal.
  • Eddystone Generating Station (Exelon Power) uniquely works on oil or natural gas, generating nearly 800 mW of power through two steam boiler-turbine engines.
  • Williamson College of the Trades Energy Island features boilers, steam turbines, a Caterpillar natural gas reciprocating engine generator, diesel Generators, and a solar array for peak shaving of our power requirements, providing a true “hands-on” experience of the power industry in one live classroom.

Course Location

Held on the campus of Williamson College of the Trades, located about 30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia:

Williamson College of the Trades
106 S. New Middletown Rd.
Media, PA 19063


Please direct all questions about the course to Richard F. Storm at