RE (Renewable Energy)

 

 

RE 1113 Introduction to Renewable Energy

Three hours

An exploration of the technologies of renewable energy emphasizing scientific principles and practical conversion applications as well as the economic, environmental, and political aspects of energy production and use from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.

Offered fall semester

 

RE 2113 Introduction to Energy Science

Three hours

A review of electrical systems, thermodynamics, heat transfers and fluid mechanics concepts necessary to prepare the student for an understanding of the Renewable Energy courses. Basic energy economics and an overview of the existing and future energy supply systems. Prerequisite: RE 1113.

Offered spring semester

 

RE 2121 Practicum in Renewable Energy

One hour

An introduction to lab and field testing with renewable energy measurement instrumentation, as well as field testing of power performance of photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, and biomass energy systems. An additional fee associated with this course. 

Offered fall semester

 

RE 3123 Bio-fuels and Biomass

Three hours

Introduction to power production from different biomass resources. Topics include: bio-energy sources (agricultural crops and organic wastes), combustion of solid biomass, production of gaseous and liquid fuels from biomass, environmental benefits and economic impacts of biomass conversion. An additional fee associated with this course.  Prerequisite: CHM 2154.

Offered fall semester

 

RE 3143 Wind Energy

Three hours

This lecture covers all relevant subjects of wind energy systems. Concepts of wind meteorology, wind resource analysis and aerodynamics applied to wind turbines are covered. Students will utilize wind related software packages and perform lab sessions on power turbine performance and wind related measurements. Prerequisite: RE 2113 or ME 3113.

Offered spring semester

 

RE 3163 Solar Energy

Three hours

This lecture covers all relevant subjects of solar thermal energy and solar photovoltaic system design. Subtopics include solar geometry, solar meteorology and physical principles of radiation conversion, and radiation laws and heat transfer. Solar energy laboratory sessions are included. Prerequisite: RE 2113 or ME 3113.

Offered fall semester

 

RE 4124 Renewable Energy Capstone

Four hours

This is a project-based course done under the supervision of a faculty member. The student develops a feasibility study for a renewable energy project for a specific site. They apply all the methods and know-how acquired during their classes and present their case study in a formal presentation or poster session. An additional fee associated with this course.  Prerequisites: RE 3123, 3143, and 3163.

Offered spring semester