ELET 4224 - Alternative Energy Generation, 4 Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a realistic look at the potential and the limitations of electrical generation through energy conversion. The energy sources include solar, wind and water. The course will include semiconductor properties of photovoltaic cells and the electronic circuits necessary for energy conversion. Using trigonometry, students will be able to calculate the position of the sun at any time or place and calculate the energy available at different panel orientations. Students will have the beginning tools to design off-grid and on-grid photovoltaic energy systems. MATLAB and LabVIEW software will be used to analyze and measure the solar resource.