CEF162 - Wind Energy Project Feasibility Analysis Course

The Wind Energy Project Feasibility Analysis certificate course (previously RS161TH) 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 Wind Energy 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 wind energy for:

  • Off-grid applications
  • Isolated grid
  • Aboriginal communities (isolated villages, developing countries)
  • Small or large on-grid projects
  • Wind farms (onshore, offshore)
  • 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
  • Offshore wind energy
  • Wind energy system and project costs
  • Wind energy project feasibility tools, methods, and elements
  • Guided exercises on performing RETScreen wind project analysis
  • Assignment on planning and conducting a wind energy 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 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
  • Essential business, technical, and project management skills