RETScreen

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Software for evaluating energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of Renewable-energy and Energy-efficient Technologies (RETs). The software (available in multiple languages) also includes product, project, hydrology and climate databases, a detailed user manual, and a case study based college/university-level training course, including an engineering e-textbook.

In RETScreen Version 4, the software's capabilities include renewable energy, cogeneration and district energy, plus a full array of financially viable clean power, heating and cooling technologies, and energy efficiency measures. The international appeal of this decision support tool has been improved through the expansion of climate data, required by the tool, covering the entire surface of the planet, including central-grid, isolated-grid and off-grid areas, as well as through the translation of the software into 25 languages that cover roughly 2/3 of the world's population. Screen Shots

Keywords

renewable energy screening, feasibility studies for energy efficiency

Validation/Testing

Tested against several programs all test results available in program.

Expertise Required

None, training material included in software.

Users

>135,000 worldwide in 222 countries.

Audience

Engineers, architects, technologists, planners, facility managers and educators.

Input

Project dependent input in spreadsheet format. Climate data and product data included in software. Default and suggested values for all inputs via manual or project database.

Output

Energy balance, emission analysis, financial analysis, etc. All outputs are in Excel and can be copied, printed or saved to PDF format.

Computer Platform

Windows 2000, XP, Vista

Programming Language

Excel, Visual Basic, C#

Strengths

Easy completion of feasibility studies for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Weaknesses

-

Contact

Company:

Natural Resources Canada

Address:

CANMET Energy Technology Centre - Varennes
1615 Lionel-Boulet, P.O. Box 4800
Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S6
Canada

Telephone:

+1 (450) 652-4621

Facsimile:

+1 (450) 652-5177

E-mail:

rets@nrcan.gc.ca

Website:

http://www.retscreen.net/

Availability

Free, download from web site RETScreen.net.