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CEF161 - Wind Energy Project Feasibility Analysis

This Wind Energy Project Feasibility Analysis is a self directed course (previously RS160a) 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 Wind Energy technologies, RETScreen (clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen Engineering & Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other related resources.

The course covers wind energy for:

  • Off-grid applications
  • Isolated grid
  • Aboriginal communities (isolated villages, developing countries)
  • Small or large on-grid projects
  • Wind farms
  • Urban wind projects
  • Horizontal axis wind technologies
  • Hybrid wind + solar, hydro, fuel cells, etc.

Course content:

  • Overview of wind energy systems
  • Wind turbine technologies
  • Off-grid, isolated grid, and grid-connected applications
  • Utilization of wind energy
  • Wind resource assessment
  • Large wind energy & wind farms
  • Wind energy system and project costs
  • Wind energy project feasibility tools, methods, and elements
  • Self directed exercises on performing RETScreen wind project analysis
  • Self directed  assignment on planning and conducting a wind energy 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 wind energy systems, the various types of wind energy projects, the equipment and processes involved, in what context they are most interesting and appropriate
  • How to identify economically viable potential wind energy projects
  • How to perform full-scale project feasibility analysis for wind energy projects
  • How to use RETScreen to evaluate the quantitative technical and economic factors of wind energy projects
  • The complete method to calculate the payback, return on investment, and other financial ratios for wind energy 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.