Catalogue 2016 - 2017

ME 635 Design of Alternative Energy Systems


3 cr.


ME 417 or both ME 303 and graduate standing.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the theory and design of solar, water, wind, and geothermal power generation systems. Students will become familiar with flat-plate collector performance, practical considerations for flat-plate collectors, estimation of residential heating and cooling loads, and thermal design methods. A project involving the design of an energy independent home is assigned. The methods of assessing students include homework, quizzes, a midterm exam, design project report, and a final exam.