Renewable Energy Science & Technology
CHE 498/598 Lignocellulosic Biorefinery
The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the supply and chemical/physical characteristics of lignocellulosic biomass, as well as of the key techno-economic barriers affecting commercial implementation of lignocellulosic biorefineries. An important focus is the chemistry and engineering aspects of different (pre)treatment processes, including those integrated into existing (kraft and sulfite) pulping operations. Different biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes and their down-stream (catalytic) upgrading and separation operations into liquid fuels, chemicals and biomaterials are reviewed.
EET 498 Renewable Energy and Electricity Production
Topics include: basic circuit components, load specification, history of electric utilities, distributed generation, the economics of energy, wind generation, and solar generation.
FTY 345 Bioenergy Sources, Systems, and Environmental Effects
The purpose of this course is to detail the use of biomass for bioenergy use worldwide and providing a review of the biomass sources, definitions, thermodynamics, common measures, equipment are discussed. Environmental problems and benefits associated with biomass are also detailed along with legislative incentives in the United States.
MEE/CIE 480 Wind Energy Engineering
This course presents the theory and design of modern wind turbines. Theoretical aspects of the course cover the fundamentals of assessing the aerodynamic loads and efficiency of a wind turbine. Design procedures for wind turbines are outlined with an emphasis on maximizing performance, assuring structural integrity and minimizing the cost of energy. Current trends in offshore wind are also covered as well as the social and environmental issues of a burgeoning wind energy industry.