CEF112 - Solar Air Heating Project Feasibility Analysis Course

The Solar Air Heating Project Feasibility Analysis certificate course (previously RS111TH) 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 learning is guided by one or more facilitators available to participants via Skype VoIP or text messaging, weekly teleconferencing, discussion forums, etc.

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
  • Guided exercises on performing RETScreen solar project analysis
  • Assignment on planning and conducting a solar air heating project feasibility analysis based on a case study
  • real-world feasibility analysis projects

What you will learn:

By the end of the course, successful participants will have acquired the essential skills and 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 appropriate
  • 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
  • Essential business, technical, and project management skills