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CEF191 - Combined Heat & Power Project Feasibility Analysis

This Combined Heat and Power (Cogeneration) Project Feasibility Analysis self directed course (previously RS190a)
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 Combined Heat and Power technologies,
RETScreen (clean energy project analysis software) and RETScreen
Engineering & Cases electronic textbook, as well as various other
related resources.

The course covers combined heat and power for:

  • Energy utilities
  • Industrial/manufacturing
  • District energy
  • Commercial/institutional buildings
  • Residential complexes

Course content:

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