The promise of sustainable power depends on our ability to harness renewable resources like wind, sunlight, biofuels, geothermal heat, and rivers.
Renewable Energy Engineering Faculty
Renewable Technology Courses
The BSREE degree program begins with a solid foundation of physics, chemistry and mathematics, which pave the way for coursework in electrical and mechanical engineering. Upper-division courses in renewable-energy specific courses include photovoltaics, energy management and auditing, wind power, biofuels, renewable-energy transportation systems, green building and fuel cells.
Solar Thermal Energy Systems
Solar thermal energy systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Solar radiation; topics in heat transfer; flat plate and concentrating collectors; non-imaging optics; applications including water heating, building heating, cooling, industrial process heat, distillation, and solar thermal power systems.
Studies solar resource, sun charts, site assessments, grid connected and stand-alone systems, module and array performance, battery modules, charge controllers, inverters, and more.
Hydro-resource power production. Hydro-power in history. Physics of hydrology. Power, head, flow-rate. Turbine hydrodynamics. System components: generators, governors, penstocks, spillways, valves, gates, trash racks. Large-scale and micro-hydroelectrical systems. Pumped storage. Economic, environmental considerations.
Electromechanical Energy Conversion
Motoring and generating principles for direct current, synchronous, induction machines, and analysis and design of motor and generator power and control circuits.