Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
The demand for energy is expected to grow 30% by 2040. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy sources? In this course, you will explore some of the science, math, and technology that is used to extract energy from renewable resources. You will:
- Apply engineering concepts and principles to solving renewable energy issues
- Examine how wind energy and solar power systems work
- Learn how to determine the efficiency of an energy system
- Understand the concepts of energy conversion, work, and power
- Construct a plan for providing wind and solar energy to an area of your interest
"I really enjoyed all of the interactive animations assigned during the wind power module, with which we could see how various parameters directly affected power output. The final project was my other favorite part, and I enjoyed the freedom to take it how I wanted."
- Renewable Energy Engineering student, Summer 2015
Learn more about your instructor for this course.
Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.
The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.
Prerequisite: Please note: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course.
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Adobe Flash Player (Important elements of this course require Flash and will not work on an iPad. If you do not already have Flash installed on your computer, you will be provided with instructions on how to download it at the start of the course.)
• Smartphone with camera, digital camera, or scanner (some assignments require students to upload photos, sketches, or graphs to the course website)
Supplementary materials: approximately $50 (Note: Be sure to allow adequate time for shipping of required materials so that you have them in hand by the start of the course.)
Course Fee: $1180
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