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IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Introduction to Renewable Energy

ME 54200 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

This is an introductory course on renewable energy. The students will learn the fundamental principles of the various renewable energy options and their applications and costs. After taking this course, the students will be familiar with the economic and societal impact of renewable energy systems, and be able to participate in the design or selection of renewable energy systems.

Textbooks

Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes”, 3rd  Edition, by Aldo da Rosa

Goals

The students will learn the fundamental and quantitative principles of the various renewable energy options and their applications and costs. After taking this course, the students will be familiar with the basic technical details as well as the economic and societal impact of renewable energy systems, be able to contribute to the design or selection of renewable energy systems, and be able to estimate the amount of energy available from the renewable energy resource, the efficiency and power output of renewable energy systems, and their benefits and costs.

Outcomes

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Describe and understand the fundamentals and main characteristics of renewable energy sources covered in lectures.
  2. Describe the main components of different renewable energy systems.
  3. Recognize the effects that current energy systems based on fossil fuels have over the environment and the society.
  4. Perform basic environmental and economic assessments of renewable energy systems.
  1. Compare different renewable energy technologies and choose the most appropriate for certain applications.
  2. Perform preliminary design of renewable energy systems that meet specific energy demands.

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the Program Outcomes of Mechanical Engineering.

 

Topics
  1. Introduction to Energy and Sustainability
  2. Quantitative Analysis of Energy and Review of Thermodynamics
  3. Environmental Effects of Energy
  4. Thermoelectricity
  5. Hydropower
  6. Nuclear Power
  7. Oceanic Energy
  8. Geothermal Energy
  9. Biomass Energy
  10. Wind Energy
  11. Solar Energy
  12. Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cells
  13. Batteries
Grading
  • Exams (2 midterms and 1 final) 60% (20% each)
  • Homework         20%
  • Quizzes and Attendance 20%