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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.

ECO 180 Citizens, Energy & Sustainability

ECO 405 Sustainable Energy Economics and Policy

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.

ERS 369 Energy Resources and Climate Change

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.

FTY 482 Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment

MEE 433 Solar Thermal Engineering

MET/MEE 475 Fuel Cell Science and Technology

Thermodynamics (MEE 230, MET 433, CHE 385, or PHY 462)

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.


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Renewable Energy Minors
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Orono, Maine 04469
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The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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