In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn how to:

  • Establish an energy management strategy for your firm
  • Put together practical energy efficiency plans for your firm that will save money
  • Use the energy savings toolkit and checklist from the program in your workplace
  • Conduct a simple energy audit of your facilities and collect good data
  • Read and interpret data from different types of measurement equipment
  • Interpret and analyze case study data and relate this detail to your facility
  • Identify international standards and legislation that may affect your operations
  • Assist in the reduction of greenhouse gases and improvement of the environment
  • Calculate and rank the financial implications of energy conservation opportunities
  • Appreciate the importance of choices with energy suppliers

Course Details


Reducing the energy costs at a facility must surely be one of the most effective and achievable strategies for lowering operating costs. This course gives you the practical tools to identify and implement programs and projects to reduce energy consumption in the most effective and practical ways. You will be provided with the skills and latest knowledge on proven methods of making real savings in your energy bills. You can initiate such programs as soon as you wish, and start saving immediately thereafter.

You will be greatly surprised at the levels of energy losses and poor efficiency of some of the devices in your facility that consume power when the facility is operational and also the energy consumption of your facility when it is not operational. Did you know that the operating cost of an electric motor is typically 200 times the initial purchase price over 20 years?

BOTH OF THESE FACTORS ARE COSTING YOUR FIRM – energy can account for up to 85% of the input costs, so reductions in these bills are directly responsible for better profits. You will be taught the fundamental principles of energy efficiency by way of looking for points of wastage, assessment of the cost of energy usage and benefits accruing from improved energy efficiency in the facility. Reference points are needed, so the course will also show you how to quickly and effectively perform an energy audit of your facility, demonstrating the use of installed instrumentation as well as measuring equipment deployed during the audit.

Once you have the correct information from the audit, you will be taught a simple method of cost analysis to help you make the right decisions for improvement, based on the principle of Rapid Return on Investment (RRI). This will enable you to implement the optimum energy-efficient solution and thus to start saving money in some cases immediately, but in a worse case scenario, a typically short period of time (perhaps 3 to 12 months RRI).

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Energy Management

Need for energy efficiency
Global energy scenario
Climate change and environmental concerns
Making better use of energy
Turning waste energy into useful output
Energy cost control
Facilities operation improvement

MODULE 2: Energy Fundamentals

Energy forms and conversions
Laws of thermodynamics
Basics of electricity
Basics of thermal energy
Energy sources and energy sinks
Direct energy conversion
Energy efficiency and renewable energy

MODULE 3: Energy Management Systems

Implementing energy management in organizations
Energy plan
Tracking and controlling systems
Energy accounting
Energy and electric rate structure
Barriers to energy conservation
Demand side management

MODULE 4: Fuels and Combustion

Solid fuels
Liquid fuels
Gaseous fuels
Combustion processes
Heating applications
Heat recovery systems

MODULE 5: Energy Efficient Practices in Thermal Energy Utilities

Steam distribution
Thermal electricity generation
Reduction of heat wastage
Heat recovery systems
Methods of improving conversion efficiencies
Process improvements
Cogeneration for better efficiency
Combined cycle process for gas turbines

MODULE 6: Energy Efficient Practices in Electricity Use

Overall electricity use
Electricity transmission and distribution
Role of power factor
Electricity intensive industries and energy benchmarking
Electric motors
Variable speed drives as energy-savers
Compressed air systems
Lighting efficiency
Intelligent design to reduce wastage of electricity

MODULE 7: Energy Efficiency in Climate Control Applications

Environmental control
Heating systems
Cooling systems
Ventilation systems
Improving efficiency by design
Use of waste heat
Building management systems

MODULE 8: Energy Efficiency Codes, Standards and Legislation

Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
Energy management systems – ISO 50001
Energy efficiency rating systems – Energy Star
Building energy rating
Energy legislation

MODULE 9: Energy Audit Principles

Objectives of energy audits
Types of energy audit
Procedure for a detailed energy audit
Common energy conservation measures
Energy cost structure, tariffs and incentives
Measurement and verification
Presentation of data and energy audit reports

MODULE 10: Energy Analysis Tools

Energy ratios
Energy audit instrumentation
– Temperature-measuring instruments
– Combustion efficiency measurement
– Airflow and air leak measurement
– Thermography
– Ultrasonic leak detectors
– Data logging
– Light level meters
– Electric meters: voltages, current, power, energy, power factor
Software tools in energy audits
Energy modelling

MODULE 11: Energy Audit Areas

Furnaces and boilers
Fans and blowers
Energy control systems
Data centres

MODULE 12: Energy Economics

Objectives of economic analysis
Basic concepts
Economic evaluation methods among alternatives
– Simple payback
– Cost and benefit analysis
– Discounted cash flow analysis and internal rate of return
Life-cycle cost analysis
Financing options

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of Online Learning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of Online Learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.




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