Curriculum for geothermal plant operators Part 2
David Boden PhD. School of Sciences, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV, United States Nevada is rich in renewable energy resources such as wind, solar and geothermal. However, in order to fully realize its potential to become a supplier of renewable energy Nevada must provide an educated and trained workforce. Northern Nevada has an abundance of geothermal resources which is beginning to be exploited. Truckee Meadows Community College has received a grant to design and offer a curriculum to train geothermal plant operators. Geothermal fluids have a complex chemical make-up and can be exhibit corrosive or depositional tendencies on equipment such as pipes, valves, turbine blades etc. Hence, the curriculum must have a strong component in chemistry of fluids and thermodynamics and the effects on equipment in order to develop adequate site specific preventive maintenance procedures as well as troubleshooting techniques. TMCC is developing this curriculum which would result in an Associate of Applied Science or a Certificate of Achievement.