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An overview: Applied interdisciplinary renewable energy projects

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings


Energy is one of the major building blocks of modern society and is a fundamental concept in all science and engineering disciplines. Understanding energy concepts and forms leads to an understanding of energy resources and their limitations as well seeing the full scope of the environmental consequences of energy misuse. We live in an age of environmental awareness, and alternative energy education fills most of our daily conversations in engineering and science education. Increasing the percentage of power derived from clean and sustainable alternative energy sources has become an increasingly important strategy to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In order to implement renewable energy in projects, qualified personnel take a very important role in planning and design prior to project implementation. Education and training of workforce who will be involved in the projects is important and should be taken into account when investments are considered to execute projects, so that there will be qualified personnel. In preparing students for their future career, real-world experiences and hands-on training is an important part of their education. Research projects and laboratories are excellent teaching aids for providing students with opportunities to implement the theory they learn in class. Educating the younger generations about sustainable and clean energy sources is vital to living in a clean and bright environment in the future. Students from various disciplines such as construction management, electronics, physics, computer science, design and development, agricultural engineering, and industrial technology have been involved in renewable energy projects either independently or as class projects since Spring 2009. Projects have been undertaken under faculty supervision with all steps (student qualifications, material and methods, part lists, cost of the project, project scheduling, applicability, student outcomes, etc.) documented. This paper presents an overview of the projects to encourage such projects at other institutions. © 2012 American Society for Engineering Education.

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