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.
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