Course Outline

Week 1

  • Course Introduction
  • The Physics of Energy and Power Generation
  • Sustainability in Facilities Operation, Maintenance and Construction
  • The Carbon Footprint, Combustion Processes and Carbon Dioxide Production
  • Energy Conservation as a First Step toward Sustainability
  • Planning for the Potential Impact of Anticipated Governmental Polices such as Cap and Trade, Carbon Tax, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certifications, and Similar Initiatives

Week 2

  • Seasonal and Daily Energy Consumption Profiles by Facility Type and Region with focus on New York State
  • Overview of Wind, Solar and other Alternative Energy Systems
  • Analysis of Locally Available Alternate Energy Sources
  • Coordination of Energy Availability to Usage Profiles and Resultant Energy Storage Requirements and Costs

Week 3

  • Solar and Hybrid Solar/Fossil Domestic Hot Water and Heating Systems
  • Determination of Facility Requirements and Historical Usage Patterns
  • Energy Conservation as the First Step Toward a Successful Solar Project

Week 4

  • Flat Plate Collectors and Systems
  • System Components, Application, Design, Control and Rooftop Mounting
  • System Maintenance

Week 5

  • Domestic Hot Water System Design Project using Flat Plate Collectors
  • Calculation of Maximum Solar versus Optimized Economic Benefit

Week 6

  • Heating System Design Project using Flat Plate Collectors

Week 7

  • Midterm Exam

Week 8

  • Water Source Heat Pumps
  • Well Water Cooling/Precooling
  • Geothermal Systems

Week 9

  • High Temperature Evacuated Tube and Parabolic Solar Collectors
  • Solar Air Conditioning and Absorption Refrigeration Systems
  • Waste Heat Recovery and Utilization
  • Thermal Storage Systems

Week 10

  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems
  • Inverters and Energy Storage
  • Conventional and Thin Film Collectors

Week 11

  • Wind Turbines, Types and Operating Characteristics
  • Analysis of Local Area and Specific Site Data

Week 12

  • Cogeneration and On-site Power Generation
  • Electrical and Thermal Energy Profiles of Reciprocating Engines, Micro-combustion Turbines, Large Combustion Turbines, Steam Turbines, and Fuel Cells
  • Comparison of Impact of Fossil and Biofuels as Energy Sources

Week 13

  • Optimized Hybrid Electrical Power Systems – Utility/Fossil On-Site and Renewable On-Site Electrical Generation System
  • Analyses and Optimization of Design Alternatives

Week 14

  • Student Presentation Projects

Week 15

  • Final Exam



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