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ERIC Number: EJ1204786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
A Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Alternative Energy Engineering Course
St. Leger, Aaron
IEEE Transactions on Education, v62 n1 p34-39 Feb 2019
Contribution: A novel multidisciplinary undergraduate course on alternative energy (AE) engineering that addresses gaps in current AE education, provides hands on skills, and matches topical coverage with societal needs. Background: Resource depletion and emissions associated with burning fossil fuels have led to growing worldwide interest in electricity production from non-fossil fuel, or alternative, energy sources. Recently there has been rapid growth of AE sources such as wind and solar photovoltaics. Societal and economic factors contribute to this continuing trend. Recent research has shown the urgent need for structured AE course curricula; engineering education in this multidisciplinary field is essential to support continued growth in this field. Intended Outcomes: A new approach to AE engineering education at the undergraduate level. Specifically, a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach that fills identified gaps in AE education. Application Design: The design of the course includes lectures, laboratories, and a hybrid power system design project focusing on economic integration of AE in power systems. Topics include principles of energy conversion, energy storage, and integration of solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, hydroelectric and fuel cell AE sources into power systems. Societal needs are addressed through focus on industry structure, technology, economics and policies pertaining to AE. Findings: Learning outcome assessment demonstrate the validity of the proposed course for multidisciplinary alternative energy engineering education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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