Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs)

Venue: Quality Inn University

Location: Calgary,, Alberta,, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 04, 2010 End Date/Time: Oct 06, 2010
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Growing concerns over global warming, green house emissions, and depleted traditional energy resources have encouraged many countries and facilities to introduce Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) in their energy supply system.

This course covers the fundamentals, technical aspects, and economic analysis of three most promising RETs, namely, wind, solar thermal and photovoltaics. This course also covers the use of powerful computer software that can be used to evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability of these three RETs. Step-by-step instructions of the use of the software through workshops and case studies are provided.


2359 Banff Trail N.W.

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Objectives * To acquaint course participants with fundamentals, system selection procedures, and design guidelines of the most viable renewable energy technologies (RETs). * To equip course participants with knowledge of using powerful computer software to design, select, and assess the feasibility and merits of these RETs. Target Audience Energy engineers and energy managers, plant and facility engineers, consultants, mechanical engineers and other technical personnel who need to gain proper knowledge of renewable energy systems. Program Outline (1.8 CEUs / 18 PDHs) Day I Introduction - Energy, Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sources * The meaning of “Sustainability” * The Expression ‘Energy’ * Fossil Fuel Reserves * Why use RETs? * Greenhouse Effect * Renewable Energy Sources * Global Use of Renewable Energy Sources Wind Energy * Definition of Wind Force * Wind Speed Distributions * Influence of Surroundings and Height on Wind Speed * Power Content of Wind * Drag Devices * Lift Devices * Wind Turbine Designs –vertical and horizontal axis * Wind Turbine Rating * Wind Power Economics Solar Radiation * The Solar Spectrum * Thermal Radiation Properties * The Earth’s Motion about the Sun * Local Solar Time * Solar Angles * Definition of Sun’s Position * Solar Irradiation * Calculation of Total Insolation on a Surface Day II Solar Thermal Systems * Solar Hot Water Systems * Collector Positioning Guidelines * System types closed and open loop * System selection * Design Precautions * Hot Water Load Estimations * Water Quality Analysis * Collector Grouping * Array Azimuth Angle * Minimum Array Row Spacing * Array Layouts and Estimated Roof Area Options * Possible Array Configurations and Area * Storage Tank Size * Economic Issues Photovoltaics * Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems * Solid State Physical Chemistry Fundamentals * Performance Limits and Design Options * Types of PV Collector Modules * Types of PV Systems Stand Alone and Grid Connected. * Characteristic I-V Curves For PV Modules * Irradiance Dependence and Temperature Characteristics * System Size and Module Choice * Area requirement of PV systems Day III Economic Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems * Cash Flow Diagrams and Tables * Simple Payback Period (Spp) Cost Analysis * Economic Analysis Using The Time Value Of Money * How to Deal with Cash Flows Occurring at Different Times * The Mathematics of Interest and Discounting * Cost Analysis Methodology * Cost Effectiveness Measures Using Discounted Cash Flows * Benefit/Cost Ratio, or Savings/Investment Ratio The Use of Computer Software to Size, Select, and Investigate the Feasibility of Renewable Energy Technologies * Introduction to the Computer Software * Workshop I design and selection of a solar thermal heating system * Workshop II design and selection of a PV system * Workshop III Design and Selection of a wind power generation system