CEF111 - Solar Air Heating Project Feasibility Analysis

This Solar Air Heating Project Feasibility Analysis self directed course (previously RS110a) is based on a case-study learning approach and expands on the curriculum initially developed by the RETScreen
division of Natural Resources Canada. The training material for the
course includes multimedia presentations on Solar Air Heating
technologies, RETScreen (clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen Engineering & Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other related resources.

The course covers solar air heating for:

  • Industrial buildings
  • Commercial buildings
  • Residential buildings
  • Agricultural buildings
  • crop drying
  • process heat

Course content:

  • Overview of solar air heating systems
  • Solar air heating system operation
  • Commercial/residential solar air heating/ventilation systems
  • Industrial solar air heating systems
  • Solar air heating system for process heat and crop drying
  • Solar resource vs. demand
  • Solar air heating system and project costs
  • Solar air heating project feasibility tools, methods, and elements
  • Self directed exercises on performing RETScreen solar project analysis
  • Self directed assignment on planning and conducting a solar air heating project feasibility analysis based on a case study

What you will learn:

By the end of the course, successful participants will have acquired the
essential knowledge to perform a feasibility analysis that will enable
stakeholders to decided whether or not to proceed with a potential
renewable energy project. Specifically, successful participants will
have learned:

  • The technologies of solar air heating systems,
    the various types of solar air heating projects, the equipment and
    processes involved, in what context they are most interesting and
  • How to identify economically viable potential solar air heating projects
  • How to perform full-scale project feasibility analysis for solar air heating projects
  • How to use the RETScreen tool to evaluate the quantitative technical and economic factors of solar air heating projects
  • The complete method to calculate the payback, return on investment and other financial ratios for solar air heating projects

There is no facilitator feedback or team work involved in this self-paced
course. Knowledge is evaluated via three multiple choice exams.
Differences between the self-paced and certificate version of a course
are detailed here.