Viewing: EA 521 / : Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Site Assessment

Last approved: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:03:06 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:03:01 GMT

Changes proposed by: reinders
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Major
EA (Environmental Assessment)
521
032734
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Site Assessment
Renew Energy Site Assess
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
03.0104
Environmental Science.
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2020
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
1
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
EA 590Spring 20195
Course Delivery
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Lyra Rakusin
Lecturer, Renewable Energy Development
Affiliate

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC10naNona

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
15EAMREnvironmental AssessmentElective
This course will cover solar site assessment, wind assessment, and bioenergy with required exercises using current industry tools to assess the viability of the resource. Overview of the historical and current role of wind, solar, and bioenergy power technologies globally and the direction of each sector's evolution for the future, particularly in the USA. The course emphasizes the technology behind power generation for wind, solar, and bioenergy sectors. Students will evaluate policy and permitting issues and, consequently, determine if a site is appropriate for implementation of either or all of these technologies.

Students who wish to be part of the renewable energy industry will need to have a fundamental understanding of the predominant renewable energy technologies in North Carolina: solar, wind and biomass. This course will offer a good foundation of the technology and assessing the viability of the resource.


No

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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesRobert MeraI can see one or two classes that would be appropriate for our students. We require 1 elective course and the EA courses would fit some of our students' direction.
College of EngineeringDouglas ReevesThanks for circulating this information. The feedback from the ECE department is that this is
much more pragmatic, practitioner oriented approach than their courses, so I don't think this is
undue overlap with what they do. Your students might benefit from being aware of ECE452 /
ECE552 Renewable Electric Energy Systems, and ECE585 The Business of the Electric Utility
Industry.
College of Agriculture and Life SciencesJohn ClassenI have reviewed the proposed certificate and the course action forms for the four proposed
courses. Nothing here duplicates or overlaps our offerings in any meaningful way. A few of our
graduate students may be interested in 1 or 2 of the courses but I would not expect any
significant SCHs to be generated from our students. Good luck with the program.
Lyra Rakusin, Lecturer for renewable energy development courses will be teaching this course. Moodle and Mediasite will be used for this course.The instructor has received permission to teach the special topics course as an affiliate member of the faculty. We will request approval for the new course number when it is approved


  1. Understand the  historical and current context for “renewable” and “non-renewable” wind, solar, and bioenergy sources.




  2. Understand  the basic principles of wind, solar, and bioenergy systems across scales of size.




  3. Understand  the sources of bioenergy, feedstocks, and carbon cycling




  4. Understand the principles of site assessment for solar projects




Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Explain what key technical factors have impacted the evolution, sustainability, and economic-feasibility of the wind, solar, and bioenergy sectors.




  2. Explain the key functions of wind turbines and solar components.




  3. Describe the basic operation of current major bioenergy energy systems - such as thermal energy (combined heat and power), biodiesel, cellulosic biofuels, biogas, and waste to energy.




  4. Use key siting considerations to determine if a site is suitable for utility scale wind, solar, and bioenergy development.




  5. Assess a site for wind, solar, or bioenergy production and evaluate the sustainability of a particular system.




  6. Calculate wind resources for a given area and how to measure power captured from the wind. 




  7. Estimate the power output from a wind turbine, solar farm, or bioenergy process to determine the economic feasibility of a project




Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes12%Taken weekly
Forum_post13%Discussion Forums are about every 2 weeks
Project40%Project 1: 10%
Project 2: 15%
Project 3: 15%
Project35%Capstone Project
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See Attached Syllabus
There are 4 courses in EA we are submitting together, all related to Renewable Energy. All will be part of a submission for a Graduate certificate in Renewable Energy Development.

mlnosbis 2/12/2019: Great syllabus!
1) Students are not able to enroll themselves as audit. Change grading method to letter grade only, and students may be added by permission as audit.
2) The instructor does not have Graduate Faculty status. Does the program/department intend to add her to the Graduate Faculty?
3) Course objectives/goals should be broad goals for the course. These read more like student learning outcomes.

cohen (2/13/2019):
1. As with 520, I'm wondering how you will handle unforeseen emergencies. It may not be possible, for example, to get pre-approval to hand in an assignment after the deadline depending upon the student's situation.
2. Please confirm that the consultation from the College of Sciences is with Robert Mears. (I can't find him anywhere in the system.) Is Mears from Physics? If not, then I would suggest a consultation with Physics.

ABGS Reviewer Comments 2/25/2019:
-No concerns
reinders (Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:34:48 GMT): 1. Update to syllabus to address comment about unforseen absences. 2. Package sent to Associate Dean in COS for comments previously. Update to correct that Dr Robert Mera Coordinator of Climate Science Certificate provided comment. 3. Update objectives and outcomes as appropriate 4. The grading has been changed to Letter grade only 5. Comment that the instructor has been approved to teach the course as a special topic course has been added
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