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REES 6020 - Installation of Geothermal & Solar Thermal Renewable Energy Systems

Renew Energy Elect Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

Upon completion of this course students will be prepared for the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of geothermal and solar thermal renewable energy systems. Many aspects of geothermal, heat pump, and solar thermal technologies are already familiar to electricians and electrical engineering practitioners. Temperature sensing, pumping, electrical controls and monitoring of systems, are examples. But in order to commission, troubleshoot, and maintain such systems, a knowledge of thermodynamics at a rudimentary quantitative level is required, including the conversion between electrical and thermodynamic units. Principles are emphasized by student experience which is gained through using lab simulators for geothermal and solar thermal systems. The Canadian Electrical Code requirements for geothermal and solar thermal energy systems is covered.


REES 5030 and REES 5040



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Install geothermal and solar thermal heating systems in conformance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
  • Measure the effectiveness of a heat exchanger.
  • Determine the Coefficient of Performance and the Energy Efficiency Ratio using measured temperature, humidity, voltage and current values.
  • Interpret pump curves to apply a pump to a given solar thermal application.
  • Calculate the size of expansion tanks.
  • Test RTD and thermocouple sensors.
  • Program a solar thermal domestic hot water system controller.
  • Troubleshoot heat pumping systems.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

REES 6020 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Renewable Energy Electrical Systems Installation & Maintenance
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate


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