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Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:07:30 -0400
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The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is pleased to announce
a dynamic simulator-based training course on Gasification Process
Operations (
) on October 1-5, 2012 at its state-of-the-art AVESTAR Center ( ) facility at West
Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. 

This 5-day course is designed as a familiarization course to increase
understanding of the gasification process including air separation,
feedstock slurry preparation, entrained-flow gasification, synthesis gas
cleanup, CO2 capture, and CO2 compression.  Course objectives are as

- Introduce trainees to gasification and CO2 capture process systems
and major components and how they dynamically interact 
- Familiarize trainees with the operator training interface and plant
control and how safe and efficient operation of the unit can be affected
by plant problems 
- Provide the trainees with hands-on experiences in plant operations
using the real-time, high-fidelity Gasification with CO2 Capture dynamic
 ( )-
Increase trainee understanding of plant equipment and control processes
and integrated operations of the plant 
Trainees spend 40% of the time in the classroom and 60% of the time
interacting with the Gasification with CO2 Capture dynamic simulator ( ). 
During the training, participants will startup and shutdown the
simulated unit in an integrated manner and will be exposed to simple and
complex unit malfunctions in the control room and in the field.  Control
room protocol is also covered including communications, teamwork,
equipment monitoring, alarm management, troubleshooting, and diagnosing
equipment and process problems.
AVESTAR’s Gasification Process Operations course is delivered by
highly-qualified instructors ( ) with extensive power
plant and simulator training experience.  Trainees learn by operating on
a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity, real-time Gasification dynamic
simulator in a modern control room environment.  
Recommended participants include engineers, operations personnel, and
managers from electric utilities, engineering & construction firms, and
equipment vendors with interest in gasification-based plants, air
separation units, syngas cleanup, and carbon capture and compression.
For more information on Gasification Process Operations course content,
registration and cost, please visit the AVESTAR training web page ( ).  
To view all of our upcoming training courses, visit our Calendar Page ( ).  If our
public course offerings do not fully meet your needs, we can customize
or adjust course content, exercises, and schedules accordingly.  
To register  ( )for
AVESTAR training offerings, please visit our web site ( ) or email us at
[log in to unmask]  Registering early helps to ensure you have a
seat in the date you want and increases the chances that the course will
have sufficient students registered far enough in advance for us to
confirm the course date.
And while you are at our website, check out AVESTAR resources ( ), including a list of
publications and presentations (
We hope to see you in our upcoming Gasification Process Operations
course ( ) or
a future AVESTAR dynamic simulator-based training course!