This certificate is equivalent to one year of study and requires completion of 10 credit courses in renewable energy offered on-line through Lakeland College.
Courses are offered on-line two at a time for eight weeks each, with the assistance of a facilitator. You may enrol full time and follow the sequence of courses, or enrol part time and take selected courses of interest as they are offered. See our website for details: www.lakelandcollege.ca
The required courses for the certificate are:
CO 255 Communications
Communicating effectively is an essential skill for working in any industry. It can be extremely important to getting your message out correctly, or to understanding scientific literature. Written assignments focus on literature searches, scientific report writing, presentations and business letters.
RC 200 Basic Energy Principles
This course provides a basic understanding of the principles of energy systems including electricity, heat, energy movement and water flow. The course also examines the principles related to energy storage and transfer. The course provides a basic math review and provides practice with the basic types of calculations used in the energy industry.
RC 201 Energy and the Environment
This course examines the global aspects of energy movement in the natural environment, and where and how products like carbon are naturally stored and cycled. Our current energy production practices are reviewed in this context, and the potential environmental concerns associated with them are identified, including greenhouse gases and other potential contaminants. The course draws linkages to where we are at today, and where we may be in the future if changes are not implemented.
RC 202 Energy Audits and Conservation Practices
This course examines methods to conserve the use of our current energy resources and how energy audits are used to quantify success. Topics include methods of reducing heat loss, methods to reduce power consumption and the process of conducting an energy audit.
RC 203 Global Impact of Climate Change
This course examines the broader potential impacts of a warming planet. The potential impacts on plants, animals and mankind are considered. Opposing theories about global warming and the potential implications are reviewed.
RC 204 Introduction to Wind Power
This is an introductory course that examines the development of wind power as an alternative renewable energy source. Topics of discussion include the need to assess wind energy potential, types of wind turbines, global development of wind power and environmental aspects. Both large commercial and small wind power applications are introduced.
RC 205 Introduction to Solar Power
This is an introductory course that examines the solar power industry. Types of solar panels, their applications and types of installations are reviewed.
RC 206 Geo Energy Exchange - Installation
Geo Energy Exchange – Installation reviews the application of geothermal energy systems. In addition this course introduces the ongoing developments of energy exchange beyond the typical ground source applications. Participants examine energy exchange principles, geothermal heat pump systems, the economic and marketing factors of the energy exchange industry, and the geological factors related to geo-applications. The installation process, maintenance issues, and basic controls are detailed.
RC 207 Introduction to Biofuels
This course examines the basic principles and practices of biofuel production. Topics include an overview of the production processes of biodiesel and ethanol. Quality, cost, and performance issues of these fuels are discussed as well as their benefits and challenges.
RC 208 Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
An integral part of a comprehensive strategy for sustainability is to reduce the resources we consume and reduce the waste in our environment. This course looks at methods that can be used to reduce the amount of waste we create, re-use resources, and efficiently recycle resources.
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