ENGRMAE 117 Solar and Renewable Energy Systems (2017-2018)

ENGRMAE 117 Solar and Renewable Energy Systems

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 117 Solar and Renewable Energy Systems (Credit Units: 4) Basic principles, design, and operation of solar and other renewable energy systems including solar photo-voltaic, solar thermal, wind, and PEM fuel cell. Includes power generation and storage, and renewable fuels for transportation and stationary power generation. Prerequisite: ENGRMAE 91. Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0126561531.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0849300745.

Recommended Textbook:

Cha, Suk-Won, Whitney Colella, and Fritz B. Prinz. "Fuel Cell Fundamentals." (2006) (reserved). Y. Wang, K.S. Chen, and S.C. Cho, PEM Fuel Cells: Thermal and Water Management Fundamentals, Momentum Press, 2013 (reserved). Ali, Mohd Hasan. Wind Energy Systems: Solutions for Power Quality and Stabilization. CRC Press, 2012 (available online).

G. Scott Samuelsen
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Students will understand the basic principles of design and operation of renewable energy technology.

2. Students will apply those principles to a wide variety of systems and applications.

3. Students will calculate thermodynamic efficiencies, and design system cycles in the construct of key performance goals.

Prerequisites by Topic

Applied Engineering Thermodynamics

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to Renewable Energy
  • Energy and Environmental Impacts
  • Fundamental Operating Principles
  • Limiting Thermodynamics and System Losses
  • Solar Photo-voltaic Cells
  • Other Solar Energy Systems
  • Hydro-electric Power Generation
  • Wind Energy
  • Biomass Fuels and Combustion
  • Biomass Combustion
  • Renewable Fuels for Transportation Applications
  • Hybrid Renewable Systems
  • Other Renewable Energy and Power Technologies
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:
Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics and/or Design experience for both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The course addresses contemporary energy requirements including the growing demand for renewable and reliable power generation, and environmentally sensitive installations. Various thermodynamic and analytical skills are required for the assessment of performance and the optimization of design. The required design project establishes team interaction and the need to combine a variety of analytical tools to develop, assess, and optimize the design within the stated scope of work and economic constraints.

Design Content Description

Students are asked to undertake a quarter long exercise that encompasses the application of the fundamental understanding of renewable energy technologies to the design and analyses of system operation. A major focus of the problem sets is the application of fundamental engineering principles and analyses tools to the design and analysis of solar and renewable energy systems. Instruction includes key design principles, design strategies, and life cycle impacts of designs, applications and operating envelope.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Problem Sets: 25%
  • Midterm Exam 1: 35%
  • Midterm Exam 2: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
February 9, 2016
Approved Effective:
2016 Fall Qtr