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Laboratories Best Practices: On Site Power Systems

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Course Outline

This one hour online course discusses the applications of on site power systems for laboratories including discussions on design considerations, energy savings and related codes and standards.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for electrical and mechanical engineers.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be able to better how to provide on site power systems as part of the integrated design of a laboratory.

Course Introduction

On-site generation systems, also called distributed generation systems, are small, modular, decentralized, grid-connected, or off-grid energy systems. These systems are located in or near the place where the energy is used. They are also known as distributed energy or distributed power systems.

Course Content

This course is primarily based on Laboratories For The 21st Century:  Best Practices – On Site Power Systems For Laboratories, DOE/GO-102003-1773, December 2003:

Laboratories Best Practices: On Site Power Systems

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Course Summary

This course material addresses that the question of when should laboratory managers consider on-site power generation or combined heat and power systems for their facilities? Some answers to that question are in the guidelines in this course document and “rules of thumb” presented here. Actual costs and benefits for a particular facility can be determined through a detailed feasibility study.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

United States Green Building Council –
US Department of Energy –
National Renewable Energy Laboratory –


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.