Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power

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July 08, 2019 - August 07, 20197/08 - 8/07OnlineOpenIndrek Kulaots
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Course Description

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


Course Requirements:
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.

• Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
• Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system
• Headphones, earbuds or speakers
• Webcam and microphone
• Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
• Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Courses can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. These devices can be used as supplemental access points in order to complete most coursework.

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.)

Prerequisites: Please note: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0917
  • Length: 4 weeks

Program Information

Summer@Brown Online

Non-credit, seminar-style courses in the liberal arts and sciences, taught fully online to students worldwide. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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