NS 335 - Renewable Energy Design and Analysis
Teaches the skills and knowledge necessary for the design and analysis of renewable energy designs on a variety of scales; from individual appliances through single family homes to regional power plants. On the ground measurements are coupled with computer spreadsheets and established values for analysis. Hydroelectric, wind, biomass, geothermal, biomass and solar (both thermal and electric) sources are studied. Background content in thermodynamics and the design process inform design projects that minimize environmental impacts. Projects this year include improvements to the existing barn PV system and other campus improvements.
Renewable Energy System Analysis and Design Syllabus
Instructor: Adrian Owens
Pre-requisites: NS205:Environmental Science
Texts: The Renewable Energy Handbook: 2009, William H. Kemp
The Solar Electric Independent Home Book, 1995, Fowler Solar Electric
Designing Your own House Your Own Way, Sam Clark
Energy Isn’t Easy
To teach skills and knowledge necessary for analysis and design of renewable energy systems on a variety of scales. Focused on heat and electrical production more than transportation.
Drafting clear diagrams
Calculations clearly shown
Review by peer, instructor, client.
Revised written proposal
Design projects will be informed by direct instruction, readings, “library” research, field trips to local facilities, and hands-on installation. Calculations using hand calculators and computer spreadsheets are a central pillar of the course. This year group projects are refurbishing the PV/Wind Electric system at the Sterling Barn, lighting and thermal design of the Sterling Dining Hall, and a greenhouse heating system.
Individual design Projects will also be chosen by each student.
I. Design Basics
II. Electricity Units, Measures, Equations, Wiring
Class Attendance and participation: 45% (including group work sessions)
Individual design project: 1st draft 5%,
2nd draft 10%,
Group Design Projects contributions: 20%