ENGRMAE 118 Sustainable Energy Systems (2017-2018)

ENGRMAE 118 Sustainable Energy Systems

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

ENGRMAE 118 Sustainable Energy Systems (Credit Units: 4) Basic principles, design, and operation of sustainable energy systems including wind, solar photo-voltaic and thermal, hydroelectric, geothermal, oceanic, biomass combustion, advanced coal, and next generation nuclear. Includes power generation, storage, and transmission for stationary power generation. Prerequisite: MAE115. Concurrent with ENGRMAE 218. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0262201537.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Boyle, G. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford, UK: Oxford Press, 2004. ISBN: 0-19-926178-4.
  • Da Rosa, A. V. Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes. Burlington, MA: Elsevier Academic, 2005. ISBN: 13:978-0-12-088510-7
  • Sorensen, B. Renewable Energy: Its physics, engineering, environmental impacts, economics and planning. Third edition. Academic Press: San Diego, CA. 2006. ISBN: 0-12-656152-4
G. Scott Samuelsen
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the basic principles of design and operation of renewable energy technology.

2. Apply those principles to a wide variety of systems and applications.

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

Prerequisites by Topic

Applied Engineering Thermodynamics

Lecture Topics:
  • World Wide Energy Demands and GrowthEnergy Demand
  • Challenge and the Role of Renewables
  • California Perspective
  • Energy Units and Heat Engine Fundamentals
  • Wind Energy
  • Wind Characteristics and Fundamentals
  • Resources and Challenges
  • Turbine Principles and Technology
  • Wind Project Efficiency and Economics
  • Solar Fundamental Principles and Technologies
  • Solar Resources and Challenges
  • Solar Photovoltaic Technology
  • Solar Concentrator and Thermal Technology
  • Solar Applications, and Economics
  • Emerging Solar Technologies
  • Biomass, Bio-fuels, and Biomass Co-firing Principles and
  • Technology
  • Oceanic Power
  • Geothermal Power
  • Hydropower
  • Utilization and Coal Principles and Technologies
  • Prospective on Importance of Coal and severe challenges
  • Conventional Coal Technology
  • Advanced Coal Power - Efficiency and CO2, IGCC, Oxy-combustion
  • CO2 Capture and Sequestration
  • Advanced Nuclear power
  • Storage, Transmission, and Integration
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion 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.

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: 10%
  • Design Project 25%
  • Midterm Exam 1: 30%
  • Midterm Exam 2: 35%
  • 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

September 6, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr