About The Course

Circulating fluidised bed combustion (CFBC) is the predominant type of fluidised bed combustion technology used for power generation. The first development work on CFBC began in Germany in the mid-1970s. This was followed by commercialisation in Sweden, Finland and the USA. The first use of the CFBC technology for power generation started in 1985 with the operation of a 90 MWe CFBC boiler in Duisburg (Germany). Since then, over 600 coal-based CFBC generating units have been installed worldwide. A 2012 survey by Platts identified a total global capacity of more than 46 GWe – which continues to rapidly expand. Power plants using CFBC technology have been operating in the USA, Europe and Japan since the 1980s – and can now be found throughout the world [especially in China and a wide range of emerging economies].Today, CFBC technology can be considered as a mature technology for power generation/co-generation and industrial-sized applications and is commercially available from multiple suppliers.

Learning Outcomes

The course commences with a detailed review of fluidisation processes.

  • It then proceeds with a thorough examination of the key issues affecting the development and operation of CFBC plants with case studies and operational experience being provided from a wide range of countries.
  • It should be an excellent opportunity for CFBC plant engineers and other staff to discuss the various operational aspects of CFBC plants particularly the key problems that plant operators regularly have to deal with.
  • Remedies and solutions to key technical problems will be examined in detail during the course [with appropriate power plant case studies].

Who Should Attend

This course will be valuable to those who work in the power generation industry. The primary focus group of this training course is boiler operators and other technical professionals working within the power plant, who are looking to expand their understanding of combustion in general and CFB combustion in particular.

Course Faculty - Dr Andrew W. Cox, Manager, Energy Intelligence & Marketing Research.

Dr Andrew W. Cox

Manager, Energy Intelligence & Marketing Research

Dr Andrew W. Cox

Since May 1995 Dr Cox has been an independent energy and environmental consultant. He specialises in consultancy work in the coal and energy sectors in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.  Recent consultancy work has involved project and background studies covering climate change issues, economic appraisals and evaluations of coal to liquids technologies, surface coal mining projects, and a global market survey of virtual reality training systems in the mining sector.
Dr Cox was Editor of the monthly newsletter UK Coal Review from 1991 to 1999. The newsletter examined all aspects of the UK coal sector – including: coal production in underground and surface mines; UK power station sector; coal imports and transportation; corporate and related policy developments.  In 2000 Dr Cox co-authored a book Digging Up Trouble [with Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson, published by Rivers Oram Press] – which examined the environmental, social, economic and political issues surrounding the UK opencast coal sector.


Since the late-1980s Dr Cox has written or contributed to a wide range of energy and environmental publications – with recent papers and articles dealing with clean coal technologies, the development of coal to liquid technologies, carbon capture and storage, and second generation biofuels.


Recent articles, papers and reports have covered a wide range of topics – including:

  • International Clean Coal Projects;
  • Reviews of the Indian and Chinese Coal Sectors,
  • Drax Power Station; Coalbed Methane;
  • Coal Liquefaction Technologies and Project Developments;
  • Future of Global Oil Supplies;
  • Climate Change Policies; Sustainability and Carbon Neutral Cities,
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Systems;
  • Energy efficiency developments – including equipment and technology developments – Low Energy Housing, Energy Efficiency in Data Centres and other buildings.


His academic qualifications include:

  • Doctorate in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK,

Thesis title: “Future Strategies for Coal in the United Kingdom”

  • MSc Degree Course: Environmental Technology (Energy Policy Option)

Imperial College, University of London

  • BSc (Hons) Degree Course: Human Environmental Science

King’s College, University of London


Dr Cox is also a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College London


“Overall, the training was a refresher and at the same time gave us wider view of the things that are important to look out for in our own plant. The presentation and references that we have acquired will become a major reference for all Petron personnel and will be relevant in the years to come. Dr Andrew Cox is a remarkable speaker and a wonderful person.”

– Chief Plant Engineer, Petron Corporation Philippines

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan