Catalogue 2019 - 2020

ME 445 Design of Alternative Energy Systems


3 cr.


ME 303, ME 316, and ME 417 or concurrently.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the theory and application of various alternative energy systems, including solar, wind, fuel cells, geothermal, and ocean waves. Students will become familiar with calculating the thermal performance of various alternative energy systems, and learn the various limitations and practical examples where each is used. A project involving the design of an energy independent home is assigned. The methods of assessing students include homework, quizzes, examinations, classroom discussions, a design project, and a final exam.