Introduces students to the field of sustainable energy. Topics include current energy use, principles of energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy resources, technologies, storage and hardware options, regulations, applicable codes, and career pathways.
Introductory course for students considering a career in sustainable energy. Includes the physical principles for energy efficiency and various renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal. Demonstrates how the principles of physics relate to the design, basic operation, advantages and limitations of sustainable energy projects.
Prerequisites: RE A100.
Presents basics of design and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with an emphasis on residential- scale systems. Introduces physics related to solar energy, ways of harvesting solar energy, sizing a PV system, energy storage vs. grid-tie, system components, installation options, cost/benefit considerations, and safety.
Section PX1 is a Web-based course. Web-based courses require computer skills and have computer equipment requirements. Please check www.uaa.alaska.edu/distanceeducation for system requirements, student resource and the DE Student Guide. You will need to log into Blackboard on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00am -12:15pm. Contact instructor Mark Masteller at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presents basics of design and installation of solar thermal hot water systems with emphasis on residential-scale systems. Introduces physics related to solar thermal energy, ways of harvesting solar energy, sizing solar thermal systems, and uses in domestic hot water and space heat applications. Includes energy storage, system components, installation techniques, cost/benefit considerations, and safety.
Presents an overview of space heating and electricity use and production for Alaskan homes and small businesses. Includes fundamentals of building energy flows, energy efficiency and methods for decreasing fossil fuel consumption. Introduces the relationship between efficiency measures and renewable energy systems.
Presents basics of ground-source heat pump geoexchange systems and their use for space heating/cooling and domestic hot water production. Introduces physical concepts related to harvesting shallow geothermal energy, system components, common installation configurations, cost/benefit considerations and safety.
Basics of Biodiesel and Vegetable Oil Fuel Systems 1.0 CR
Presents basic knowledge of biodiesel processing techniques, straight vegetable oil (SVO) fuel systems, and their use in Alaska. Introduces the science behind biodiesel and SVO systems, including use of fish oil. Examines safe production techniques, different types of processors and SVO systems, and issues with emissions, collection, and storage. Students will make their own small batches of biodiesel.
Covers design, construction and basic building science related to understanding, planning, and constructing or retrofitting a durable home in a difficult climate.
Special Note: Upon satisfactory completion, this course meets the prerequisite for the State of Alaska Contractor Residential Endorsement and provides 16 continuing education credits by the State of Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing for General Contractors with Residential Endorsements.