June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2018
Energy Conversion and Conservation
100% Renewable energy for Pennsylvania via Solar, Wind, Water and STEM
The growing energy crisis all over the world forced us to seek for alternative forms of energy such as solar, wind and water bound. Each and every state in the United States strives to make it possible to introduce some sort of renewable energy via either solar, wind or water driven methods. The primary objective of this study is to determine the feasibility of converting the state of Pennsylvania’s energy production to 100% renewable using cutting edge technology that exists today. The scope of the study will include reviewing the current status of renewable energy within the state, the current projections for Pennsylvania's future renewable energy production, and proposing a plan for creating a reliance on renewable energy. There is a broad review of how all the utilities in the state produce their power, as well as a review of the current literature and journals about the future of Pennsylvania’s renewable energy front. In addition, a review of The Solutions Project will be done to determine whether or not the plan they put forth for the state of Pennsylvania is applicable, with a review of the feasibility and success of analogous projects like Germany’s government backed solar incentives.
Also, there is a need for attracting younger generation towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field as United States is in shortage of engineers and scientists. The renewable energy is one of the areas where lot of engineers and scientists are going to be employed in the future. It can be emphasized that STEM workforce plays important role for Pennsylvania to achieve 100% renewable energy. In academia, a lot of emphasis should be given on including the aspects of renewable energy into the engineering curriculum.
Subramanian, R., & Najafi, F. T. (2017, June), 100 Percent Renewable Energy for Pennsylvania via Solar, Wind, and Water Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27431
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