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Catalog 2013-2014

Renewable Energy Design and Analysis

  • Semester: Spring
  • Course Number: NS335
  • Instructors: Adrian Owens
  • Credit: 3

Course Description

Teaches the skills and knowledge necessary for the design and analysis of renewable energy designs on a variety of scales; from individual appliances through single family homes to regional power plants.  On the ground measurements are coupled with computer spreadsheets and established values for analysis. Hydroelectric, wind, biomass, geothermal, biomass and solar (both thermal and electric) sources are studied.  Background content in thermodynamics and the design process inform design projects that minimize environmental impacts.  Projects this year include improvements to the existing barn PV system and other campus improvements.