In recent years, the new market mechanisms in the power generation sector and the development of more intermittent renewables have led to new roles for the gas fired combined cycle plants.

The course describes gas turbines and combined cycles gas turbine plants and their new roles in light of decarbonisation of power generation and other applications. With future moving toward electrification, tremendous pressure will be placed on power generation demanding rapid increase in capacity.

With governments committed to green energy, a lot of investment will be seen in the renewable sector. However, the intermittent nature of renewables and other emerging challenges will continue to favour CCGTs in filling the gaps, and hence CCGT plants will continue to play an important role in the overall power generation and management.

The course will describe the technologies involved and will review these developments looking at the changes induced by the need to go to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 17 - 21 Jun 2024
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,710. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This five day course is presented through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and worked examples. Printed course material is provided for delegates use during and after the course. Active participation from the delegates is strongly encouraged particularly during the worked examples in order to consolidate learning. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • explain the operational characteristics of the major components of a CCGT power plant;
  • appraise the design and off-design performance of CCGT power plant;
  • apply the appropriate methods available to assess the economic viability of power generation projects;
  • discuss the technical and economic advantages of various types of combined cycle arrangements compared to other power generation technologies;
  • identify the fundamental issues in terms of system monitoring, diagnostics and maintenance;
  • outline the development of the CCGT technology in response to future challenges, market outlook and users’ requirements;
  • assist in the selection of combined cycle plant and its operation.

Core content

The course material includes the following:

  • Combined cycle design performance.
    • Will look at the fundamental designs of CCGTs and their influence on the overall plant efficiency and output and evolution of the technology over time.
  • Combined cycle off design.
    • Reduced load settings or in different ambient conditions and their influence on environment and plant operation.
  • Combined cycle transients.
    • Understand main features of the transient behaviour of a CCGT, the typical load variations and start-up procedures of CCGT plants.
  • Flexible operation and Frequency control.
    • Importance of CCGTs role in stabilising the grid frequency in the light of renewable energy and the challenges associated with having continuous availability of renewable energy.
  • Performance economics and market design.
    • Performance economics assessment techniques and its application to practical aspects of CCGT economic performance. It also looks at the main market design features, price formation mechanisms and the role of CCGTs in that context.
  • Power generation and climate change.
    • An overview of the nature of climate change, the international climate change negotiations and their influence on the development and use of CCGTs. It also looks at the climate change polices and decarbonisation strategies put in place by the major economies and identifies the threats and opportunities for the CCGT industry in this context.
  • Hydrogen and Alternative fuels for the future.
    • Future of CCGT in the context of alternative fuels and technologies and imminent need to decarbonise. Understanding Hydrogen as a potential source of energy its production, storage, distribution and application as a potential fuel in CCGT. This will also look at net-zero power generation and associated challenges and cost analysis.

Who should attend

The course is directed towards engineering and technical personnel employed in power generation companies, engineering contractors, manufacturers and other suppliers to this industry, and others who either compete with this industry or seek to benefit from it.


The course is presented through lectures and tutorials conducted by members of Cranfield University’s staff all of whom have considerable academic and industrial experience. Additional lectures will be presented by senior engineers from industry.


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here. Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

Further location and travel details can be found on our 'How to find us' page.

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.