Clean Energy is broadly defined so as to deal with both the reduced environmental foot print balanced with increased global demand for energy and the imperative for energy independence. Clean Energy solutions involve technologies that advance diversity of supply sources/transmission and a reduction in negative environmental effects such as greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Energy Certificate Program reviews energy from renewable resources such as wind and solar, but also advances in conventional energy technologies such as clean coal and nuclear.
After completion of the Clean Energy Certificate Program, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:
- Technology overview for wind, solar, clean coal, and nuclear systems
- Facility design for each technology
- Energy potential for each technology
- Carbon footprint (GHG) for each technology
- Advantages / disadvantages for each technology
- Clean energy case studies
- Outlook for the future
A basic understanding of general chemistry is recommended but not required.
Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and a final project for each course.
The Clean Energy Certificate Program is composed of the following four courses:
Wind Energy & Power
Wind Energy & Power is a course that introduces wind turbine systems, including wind energy potential and application to power generation. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of topics, such as wind energy principles, wind site assessment, wind turbine components, power generation machinery, control systems, connection to the electric grid, and maintenance.
Solar Energy & Power
Solar Photovoltaic Energy Fundamentals provides an introduction to renewable energy production using
solar technologies. The course begins with an overview of solar energy – how sunlight is converted to electricity and heat. Topics also include basic residential and commercial solar electric and thermal system design and installation of photovoltaic plates, markets and applications, and emerging technologies such as wind and hydropower technologies. The environmental, costs, and political considerations will also be discussed.
Clean Coal Technology
Clean Coal Technology is a course that describes a new generation of energy processes that sharply reduce air emissions and other pollutants from coal-burning power plants.
Nuclear Energy & Power
Nuclear energy is a source of power which is created from energy released by a nuclear reaction. In this course the student will study the history of nuclear power, the basic principles of reactor design and operation at commercial nuclear electrical generating facilities. It includes an examination of nuclear waste issues, a study of the important events which occurred at commercial nuclear plants, and a look towards the future of the electrical generating industry.
This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System