CERET

Career Education in Renewable Energy Technologies

Course Descriptions
10-482-155
Electricity for Renewable Energy

The student will learn practical DC/AC concepts including electrical quantities and components in measurement instruments for AC and DC circuits. Students analyze and construct circuits and measure voltage, current, resistance, and power for both AC and DC sources. Covers fundamentals of NEC wiring, soldering, and relay ladder logic. A semester-long course.

20-806-291
Instructor:
Ken Walz
Introduction to Renewable Energy-Online

This course provides an introduction to renewable energy technology. The course is grounded in the fundamentals of energy, power, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. A scientific approach is used to examine various energy sources, including fossil fuels, nuclear, biomass, biofuels, solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, and ocean/tidal power. Various types of energy storage technology are also examined. Science and engineering challenges are examined for each energy technology, along with economic and environmental impacts. This course is suitable for any student with an interest in renewable energy, particularly those pursuing studies in scientific, technical, and engineering fields.

10-481-110
Instructor:
Cris Folk
Energy Management and Economics

The student will perform critical examination of energy consuming facilities both domestic and commercial for the purpose of identifying energy conservation opportunities In addition the student will identify various energy conservation techniques as well as equipment which can be installed to further conserve energy.

10-484-160
Instructor
Bob Brylski
Introduction to Biomass Online

This semester-long course provides an overview of energy production from biomass resources. The course explores the fundamentals of plant growth, energy yield, economics, production, and processing methods for both herbaceous and woody crops. Technologies covered include combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, fermentation, transesterfication, and anaerobic digestion. Value-added bio-refining products are also examined, along with the environmental impacts of biomass energy.

10-484-120
Instructor:
Bob Brylski
Introduction to Biofuels Online

An introduction to solid, liquid and gaseous fuels derived from all sources. This course will cover the history of fuel use, placing petroleum into its proper context of being just one of the many alternatives being exploited by humans to fulfill current demands. Topics include the history of fuel and petroleum, peak oil, economics of petroleum and biofuels, engine design and fuel requirements, agriculture and fuels, wastes, conventional ethanol production, cellulosic ethanol, algae, other alcohols (biobutanol, etc.), biodiesel, biogas (anaerobic digestion), gasification, pyrolysis, fuel quality, environmental impacts, energy independence and national security.

10-484-161
Instructor:
Tony
Hartmann
Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Technology

Provides participants with an understanding of basic heat transfer properties as well as the biological and chemical reactions that take place in anaerobic digestion systems. Participants will also develop an in-depth knowledge of the design of anaerobic digestion systems, troubleshooting and repair methods, and workplace safety.

10-484-164
Instructor:
Tony
Hartmann
Biomass Systems, Nutrient Management, and Recycling

Excess nutrients, particularly nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), are the major pollutants in lakes and estuaries and the second leading source of pollution in rivers according to the U.S. EPA, yet all living flora and fauna need nutrients to grow and thrive. This course will discuss how to balance the inputs and outputs within a healthy ecosystem. In this weekend short-course, we will explore conventional practices, next-generation solutions, and practical ways to recycle these major agricultural inputs. Our focus will be mostly 'on-farm' with field trips as well as guest speakers from academia, agriculture, public and private sectors. This course is relevant for everyone who has a stake in the U.S. food-chain.

10-484-130
Instructors:
Ken Walz
Paul Morschauser
Introduction to Biodiesel Fuel

This course will provide a general overview of biodiesel fuel. Production and quality control of biodiesel fuel will be explored, and students will have the opportunity to synthesize a small scale batch of biodiesel. Topics covered will include transesterfication chemistry, separation techniques, ASTM fuel testing, engine performance, and exhaust emissions.

10-484-121
Instructor
Bob Brylski
Introduction to Ethanol Fuel

This course will provide the student with a general overview of ethanol fuel. Topics covered will include fermentation and distillation chemistry, ASTM fuel testing, engine performance, and exhaust emissions. An introduction to E85 fuel systems will also be included.

20-806-290
Instructors:
Ken Walz
Joel
Shoemaker
Renewable Energy for International Development (hybrid)

This course provides an examination of energy and economics in developing countries with special consideration given to renewable energy sources. The course will combine 10 days of travel and study abroad in a developing country along with 8 weeks of online instruction. Students will learn to specify, design, and install renewable energy systems for deployment in developing countries. Field work will include design and construction/installation of one or more residential scale renewable energy systems (e.g., solar electric systems, solar hot water systems, solar ovens, micro-hydropower, small scale wind generators, and household methane biodigesters). Dates to be announced.

10-482-138
Instructor:
Joel
Shoemaker
Introduction to Photovoltaic Technology

Students in this course will learn the basic concepts of photovoltaic systems, including how photovoltaic cells produce electricity, components and types of photovoltaic systems, the process of installing a photovoltaic system and whether and where to install a photovoltaic system. Students will also analyze utility bills, energy production, cost and incentives available for photovoltaic systems.

10-482-XXX
Instructor:
Joel
Shoemaker
Grid-Connected Photovoltaic System Design and Installation

Students in this course will learn the principles of photovoltaic system design for photovoltaic systems connected to the utility grid. Each student will prepare a model design. Students will learn the components of PV systems, the tools and techniques to install PV systems and the safety concerns specific to photovoltaic work. Students will install one or more fully operational grid-connected PV systems.
Prerequisite: 10-482-155 Electricity for Renewable Energy. A semester-long course.

 
10-482-XXX
Advanced Photovoltaic System Design and Installation

Students in this course will further their knowledge of photovoltaic system design. They will address such issues as line and load side connections to the grid, single and three phase services, multiple sources of power (e.g. PV and wind) and transfer switches with PV systems that include power storage components. Students will install one or more PV systems.
Prerequisite: 10-482-155 Electricity for Renewable Energy.

10-482-XXX
Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code

Students in this course will learn to apply the NEC rules to photovoltaic system. Topics will include conductor sizing, overcurrent protection, grounding, maximum voltage and current calculations and other applicable rules. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to one or more photovoltaic systems.
Prerequisite: 10-482-155 Electricity for Renewable Energy. A semester-long course.

10-482-XXX
Commercial and Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Systems

Students in this course will learn about the components, installation and safety considerations of large scale photovoltaic systems.Commercial system design elements, such as inter-row shading, inverter selection, and data monitoring solutions will also be covered.
Prerequisite: 10-482-155 Electricity for Renewable Energy.

10-482-XXX
Off-Grid and Battery-Based Photovoltaic System Design and Installation

Students will work through step-by-step design process for battery-based applications, including stand-alone (off-grid), grid-tiedwith battery back-up, and hybrid systems. Topics such as load analysis, component selection, battery safety, voltage drop, and commissioning procedures will be presented. In addition to sizing exercises and calculations, students will explore additional design considerations unique to battery-based systems.
Prerequisite: 10-482-155 Electricity for Renewable Energy.

10-482-137
Instructor:
Joel
Shoemaker
Photovoltaic Site Assessment

Students in this course will learn how to conduct an assessment of a location for a photovoltaic system. They will learn the qualities of an ideal location, structural concerns, tools used, proper documentation techniques, load analysis, energy production estimation, and concerns with existing electrical service. Students will complete a photovoltaic site assessment as part of the course.

10-482-101
Instructor:
Cris Folk
Introduction to Wind Energy Technology

This course prepares the learner to assess the global energy picture; analyze the causes of wind and wind flow properties; explore small, medium and large wind turbine designs; assess the environmental effects of wind turbines; review business and site assessments for a wind turbine project; plan a wind turbine project, evaluate operation and maintenance of the turbine system; and analyze the future of wind energy.

10-482-102
Instructor:
Cris Folk
Wind Systems Technician

This course allows participants to develop essential skills and attitudes for employment in the wind industry. Topics include: safety, electrical hazard, confined space, climbing practices, tool use, calibration, documentation and routine maintenance operations. This course is a prerequisite for the two credit version of 10-482-153 Introduction to Wind Turbine Installation.

10-482-153
Instructor:
Cris Folk
Introduction to Wind Turbine Installation

The 1 credit version will have students assemble and erect a 100-foot guyed tilt-up tower that was constructed at the previous “Wind Turbine Design and Construction” course at the MREA, along with the wind turbine that was built there. We will also install a temporary battery-based power system. It's suggested that students who take Wind Turbine Design and Construction also take this installation class. It will be a “crash course” on wind turbine installation basics, wind turbine siting, tower safety, and tilt up tower design.

10-482-152
Instructor:
Cris Folk
Wind Systems Repair and Maintenance

Students will visit a number of area wind turbines and learn how to do system repairs and annual maintenance. Machines from 1kW to 100kW will be covered. Work will include freestanding, guyed and tilt-up towers. This is a working class, with optional tower climbing. Prerequisite: 10-482-155 Electricity for Renewable Energy.