This course provides the student with a fundamental understanding of residential wind and hydroelectric energy systems and the potential to generate electricity in both grid-tied and off-grid integrated applications. Initial focus is on providing the student with a review of fluid dynamics, measuring and mapping wind and water resources, and on-site assessments. The focus will then shift to residential and farm-scale wind machines, generators, alternators and electricity. Students will then begin with technical and sociopolitical aspects of micro hydroelectric power generation as renewable energy systems.
Prerequisites: PHYS 107, MATH 102, or permission by instructor.
3 credits (2 lecture hours and 3 lab hours), spring semester.