Renewable Energy (RE) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Renewable Energy Department

RE 2121 Practicum in Renewable Energy

One hour

A brief survey of the renewable energy technologies and an introduction to field testing of power performance using measurement instrumentation. Students will design and fabricate energy systems based on photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, or biomass energy conversion. An additional fee associated with this course. 

Offered fall semester

RE 2213 Renewable Energy Thermal Fluids Introduction

Three hours

An exploration of the scientific principles of thermal energy conversions. Course includes economic, environmental, and institutional aspects, and possible energy storage solution. The energy conversion technologies include solar thermal collection, concentrated solar power, geothermal power, and ocean thermal power. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: EN 1223 and 1323.

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 3153 Mechanical Issues of Wind Engineering

Three hours

An introduction to wind energy conversion systems from a mechanical engineering perspective. Main topics include wind resource assessment, aerodynamics and dynamics applied to wind turbine, and economics of wind projects. In lab sessions, students will learn to utilize computational fluid dynamics software to design wind turbines and predict the output power. Prerequisites: CS 1113 and MTH 2123.

Offered spring semester

RE 3173 Renewable Energy/Electric Power Engineering

Three hours

An introductory course to renewable energy (RE) power systems. This course focuses on photovoltaics (PV) and wind power systems and introduces quantitative analysis methodologies and software for estimating the output electric power of RE systems. Laboratory sessions are included. Topics include off-grid and grid-connected PV/wind power systems, energy efficiency, energy storage, microgrids, and smart grids. Prerequisites: CS 1113 and EE 2223.

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, 3153, and 3173.

Offered spring semester