University of Waikato training courses

The University of Waikato and EECA have teamed up to provide a series of one-hour technical webinars, targeting energy efficiency in a range of industrial systems such as fans, pumps and steam systems, and process heat.

The webinars give businesses of any size valuable advice on how to get started on assessing systems, and share case studies to highlight how energy savings and system performance improvements can be made.

The recent series of webinars has been completed and these are available for viewing on our technology webinars section.

 University of Waikato webinars

Information regarding how to register for the next series is now available below.

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Cavitation and NPSH – What is it and how to avoid it?

When: Wednesday 19th October 2016 - 10am - 11am

Presented by: Dr Martin Atkins                      

Cavitation and Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH) can be a major issues in the operation of pump systems and are often poorly understood. It is commonly believed that cavitation is caused due to a lack of available NPSH, although cavitation is often caused due to other factors. Cavitation can also occur when an oversized pump is high throttled, as is often the case. This webinar will briefly introduce the causes of cavitation and how the location of cavitation damage can be used to identify the cause of it. Furthermore it will explain NPSH and how to calculate available NPSH of a pump system. The webinar will be of interest to energy managers, operational and maintenance personal, technical staff, and engineers.

This free webinar, sponsored by the EECA Business programme, will be presented by

Dr Martin Atkins, a Senior Chemical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre. This webinar will embrace the needs of small, medium and larger businesses. For further questions you can contact James on jamesn@waikato.ac.nz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Steam trap best practice

When: Wednesday 2nd November 2016 - 10am - 11am

Presented by: Dr James Neale     

Much of the process heating requirements of industry are supplied via steam systems, with substantial efficiency gains to be made in most installations. One of the single biggest maintenance challenges facing operators of steam systems is correctly managing steam traps in both steam distribution and end use applications. This webinar will provide an overview of the fundamentals of steam trap best practice, including their selection, installation, and how to proactively monitor their condition throughout their total life cycle.

This free webinar, sponsored by the EECA Business programme, will be presented by Dr James Neale, a Senior Mechanical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre. This webinar will embrace the needs of small, medium and larger businesses, with a range of case studies to demonstrate how you can get started, or improve your existing programme. For further questions you can contact James on jamesn@waikato.ac.nz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Link to Register

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Metering & Taking Effective System Measurements

When: Wednesday 30th November 2016 - 10am - 11am

Presented by: Dr James Neale

“You don’t know what you don’t know!” To make informed decisions on your process improvement journey having an accurate picture of where you are and where you want to be is absolutely critical to optimising any industrial or commercial system. Therefore taking effective and accurate system measurements, with metering that is fit for purpose, and installed correctly is of top priority.

This webinar will provide an overview of the fundamentals of energy measurement, including all four utilities (electrical, thermal, water and compressed gasses), including the pitfalls of making the wrong common assumptions and shortcuts and the impact this can have on the accuracy of the data collected. Several case studies of real world data and how to differentiate between actual system variations from background noise will also be addressed. Options for temporary audit metering will also be addressed where there is insufficient installed meter capabilities.

This free webinar, sponsored by the EECA Business programme, will be presented by Dr James Neale, a Senior Mechanical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre. This webinar will embrace the needs of small, medium and larger businesses, with a range of case studies to demonstrate how you can get started, or improve your existing programme. For further questions you can contact James on jamesn@waikato.ac.nz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Link to Register

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Energy Targets & Benchmarks - What are they and how can they be useful?

When: Wednesday 14th December 2016 - 10am - 11am

Presented by: Dr Martin Aitkins

Energy targets and benchmarks are useful metrics to assist in the identification of energy reduction potential and opportunities. Bench-marking is the process used to quantifying the current energy use of a plant an comparing that use to some other established quantity. The comparison could be to historical plant performance, other similar plants, industry averages, best in class (i.e. best in the industry), or best practice / best available technology. Once a benchmark has been established a gap analysis – an identification of the reasons the current usage differs from the benchmark, can be conducted. This webinar will discuss the different types of benchmarks and how they can be determined, how benchmarks can be used to identify opportunities and a brief introduction to gap analysis.

This free webinar, sponsored by the EECA Business programme, will be presented by Dr Martin Atkins from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre. This webinar will embrace the needs of small, medium and larger businesses. For further questions you can contact James on jamesn@waikato.ac.nz

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Link to Register

View System Requirements