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This course covers the fundamentals, technical aspects & economic analysis of 3 most promising RETs, namely, wind, solar thermal & photovoltaics. It also covers the use of powerful computer software used to evaluate the energy production & savings, costs

Course Outline
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.
  • 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


  • 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

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
Group discussion and Course wrap-up
After attending this course, participants will be
  • Acquainted with the fundamentals and technical aspects of the most promising renewable energy technologies (RETs).
  • Equipped with knowledge required to analyse the feasibility and long-term impact of different RETs.
  • Familiar with the use of computer software for sizing and selecting renewable energy systems.
Instructor   Dr. M. S. Hamed, P.Eng., is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the founding director of the Thermal Processing Laboratory (TPL) at McMaster University.Dr. Hamed has 25 years of industrial experience in the field of thermal engineering, five years of which as Director of Research and Product Development in Canada.

Dr. Hamed has developed and presented numerous training courses and seminars in the field of HVAC and Refrigeration, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Conservation and Management, Boiling Heat Transfer, and Two-phase Flows. He has served as a consultant in many projects in Canada and abroad.
His industrial experience includes design, sizing, process development, troubleshooting, and maintenance of domestic and industrial HVAC systems, air washers, cooling towers, heat exchangers, water, oil, stream and gas piping systems, various types of metal heat treating furnaces, fluidized beds, water and gas quench systems, solid-gas separation systems, and furnace atmosphere generators.
Dr. Hamed is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of various professional associations such as ASHRAE, ASM International, TMS, CSME, CFD Society of Canada, ASME, and a senior member of SME. He is also an editorial board member of the Transactions of the CSME, the International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties (IJMMP), and the International Journal of Computational Thermal Sciences.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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