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District Energy Systems EENG 8435

Environmental Engineering Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​The energy sector is one of the main contributors to poor air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG) and consequently climate change. There is an absolute need to work on more efficient and cleaner systems. Central district energy systems (DES) in Canada are rapidly developing not only to lower the conventional energy consumptions but also to allow the system to easily adopt carbon-neutral local energy sources. This course explains the main components of DES with different examples in Canada. The Regional and global solar, wind and hydropower resources as well as capture and utilization technologies are covered. Geothermal technology which relies on the thermal energy stored in the earth's crust, most recent biomass and bioenergy technologies which considers available energy in organic material and waste-to-energy technology are also covered in this course. The main engineering, environmental, and socio-economic issues for different modes of renewable energy use will be discussed.




Domestic fees


Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below is one offering of EENG 8435 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 87442


Thu Jan 04 - Thu Apr 18 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 87442
  • Domestic fees $826.81
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 18 Thu 14:30 - 17:30 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 406

Zahra Tooyserkani

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. RESERVED: Course registration is restricted to students currently admitted in the EE program. Students must meet all pre-requisites and co-requisites. BEFORE YOU REGISTER, you must email Program Assistant for permission to take this course. Include your BCIT ID A#. No class on Reading Break Feb 20-23, 2024.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Draw a schematic layout of district energy system showing the main components of that system.
  • Analyze the theoretical efficiency and power consumption of a vapour compression refrigeration cycle operating at several different temperatures.
  • List different successful examples of district energy systems around the world.
  • Analyze advantages and disadvantages, costs and benefits of district thermal energy systems.
  • Advocate for innovative energy generation technologies such as wind, micro-hydro, PV, passive solar, biomass, geo-exchange, waste-to-energy as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen and nuclear.
  • Analyze regional and global solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass resources within the context of assessing the barriers to their utilization.
  • Discuss the types of organic waste including municipal solid waste which could be effectively utilized for energy production.
  • Outline sustainability attributes of different renewable technologies and any environmental/ecological impacts associated with their utilization.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

District Energy Systems (EENG 8435) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Environmental Engineering
    Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time


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