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CEF181 - Bioenergy Heating Project Feasibility Analysis

This Biomass Heating Project Feasibility Analysis self directed course (previously RS180a)
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 Biomass Heating technologies, RETScreen
(clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen Engineering &
Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other related resources.

The course covers biomass heating for:

  • Community energy systems: residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial
  • Industrial processes: saw mills, agricultural drying, manufacturing

Course content:

  • Overview of biomass heating systems
  • Components of biomass heating systems
  • Biomass heating systems load sizing
  • District heating systems
  • Biomass fuel types and feedstock considerations
  • Environmental attributes of biomass fuels
  • Biomass heating system and project costs
  • Biomass heating project feasibility tools, methods, and elements
  • Self directed exercises on performing RETScreen biomass project analysis
  • Self directed assignment on planning and conducting biomass 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 biomass heating systems, the various types of
    biomass heating projects, the equipment and processes involved, in what
    context they are most interesting and appropriate
  • How to identify economically viable potential biomass heating projects
  • How to perform full-scale project feasibility analysis for biomass heating projects
  • How to use RETScreen to evaluate the quantitative technical and economic factors of biomass heating projects
  • The complete method to calculate the payback, return on investment, and other financial ratios for biomass 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.