Lawrence Technological University offers alternative energy courses. Undergraduate students in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering can count the courses as part of their technical electives. By taking three of the courses they can earn a Concentration in Alternative Energy. The classes offered are listed below:
Alternative Energy Fundamentals (EGE 3903)
Students learn about the production and use of energy. Traditional energy sources and consumption patterns are reviewed. Then the course delves into solar panels, solar heaters, wind turbines, biodiesel, geothermal, and finally hydrogen energy. Energy generation system integration is also discussed. Students also spend time in the Alternative Energy Laboratory using some of the same equipment that they have been learning about.
Energy and Environmental Management (EGE 5303)
A facilities manager is concerned about making sure that the equipment in a building is working right. An energy manager is concerned that the equipment is working efficiently. This class teaches students how to assess the energy usage of a building and reduce it, while taking into consideration concerns such as environmental quality, user comfort, budget constraints, and cost effectiveness. At the end of the course students can earn a Certificate in Energy & Environmental Management.
Solar and Wind Energy Generation Systems (EME 5193)
This course covers solar photovoltaic systems, solar heating systems, and wind turbines. Students learn how to estimate resources, calculate electrical demand, understand the technology, choose a proper site, and design a working system that meets code requirements.
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (EME 5163/6163)
The science and technology of fuel cells are covered. Topics covered include the types of fuel cells, their basic designs and key components, as well as the operation and performance of fuel cells. At the end of the course the generation and distribution of hydrogen for use in fuel cells is discussed.
More information can be found on the official page for the program, located here: Alternative Energy Program at Lawrence Technological University