Semesters OfferedSpring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024
This course will provide students with the fundamentals, design/analysis tools, and state of the art alternative energy technologies.
The course will begin with discussions on the energy resources and global perspective of current and future energy demand/consumption trends, followed by prime alternative energy technologies, including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and ocean thermal energy conversion.
The course also will cover supportive topics such as economics of alternative energy, energy conservation opportunities, CO2 capture and storage, and thermal energy storage. Particular focus and design projects will be assigned in solar and wind energy conversion technologies.
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Additional Course Information
No required textbook. Class notes and the recommended Reference Books will serve as the text. However, the following book is highly recommended and some of our lecture material will come from it. Kreith, Frank: “Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems”, ISBN: 9781466556966, 2 nd edition, 2014.
Michael Ohadi, Jianwei Qi, Harish Ganapathy, “Alternative Energy Technologies: Price Effects”, In: Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology, 2 nd edition, Taylor & Francis, New York, 2014.
Duffie and Beckman, “Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes”, ISBN 0-471- 69867-9, John Wiley and Sons INC., 2006.
- One 160 minute lecture each week