CEF182 - Bioenergy Heating Project Feasibility Analysis Course

The Biomass Heating Project Feasibility Analysis certificate course (previously RS181TH) 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 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 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
  • Guided exercises on performing RETScreen biomass project analysis
  • Assignment on planning and conducting biomass 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 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
  • Essential business, technical, and project management skills