Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineIndrek Kulaots

Course Description

In this course, you will explore some of the science, math, and technology that is used to extract energy from renewable resources.

The demand for energy is expected to grow 30% by 2040. Today, most of the energy harvested originates from non-renewable sources. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy technology to meet the anticipated demand? What does it take to become an engineer in this field? In this course, you will explore in detail, the increasingly innovative potential of wind and solar energy. This will be done by hands-on activities and experiments that will lead to your final project of constructing a plan, using the latest technology, for providing wind and solar energy to a geographical area of your interest.

Time commitment: Your course will open on a Monday, two days in advance of the Wednesday course start date to give you time to get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These introductory activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

Plan to spend approximately 10 -15 hours per week on coursework. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate in the course multiple times each week.

Supplementary Materials Update
For this course, please note that you should have:

  • high-speed internet connection
  • Adobe Flash (most up-to-date browsers support this; iPads do not)
  • a word-processing tool that will allow you to save documents as either a .doc, docx, or .pdf.
In addition, you will need to purchase a kit of lab materials, some of which you may have on hand at home already (kit costs approximately $50). Be sure to allow adequate time for shipping of required materials so that you have them in hand by the start of the course.

Lab materials:
  • 1 marble
  • a non-bendable ruler with a channel down the middle (for rolling the marble)
  • a stopwatch (you probably have one on your cell phone)
  • 4 5-oz. Dixie cups
  • 3 wide plastic straws
  • a hair dryer
  • a stapler
  • 1 pencil
  • a needle
  • 1 can black spray paint
  • 1 meat thermometer (either digital or analog)
  • a pair of scissors
  • 1 25-ft. roll of aluminum foil

Prerequisites: None. Please note that students who have basic algebra skills are best prepared to participate in this course.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0917

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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