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A Solar System Project To Promote Renewable Energy Education

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Conference

2005 Annual Conference

Location

Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

Start Date

June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Real World Applications

Page Count

5

Page Numbers

10.88.1 - 10.88.5

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https://peer.asee.org/15382

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Youakim Kalaani

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Session 2249

A Solar System Project to Promote Renewable Energy Education

Youakim Al Kalaani

Northern Illinois University, Technology Department

Abstract

As issues such as climate change, global warming, increased blackouts, and oil price fluctuation continue to pepper the news, it is likely that the use of renewable energy will become an increasing national priority that will affect the next generation of college students. Indeed, a statewide survey conducted by the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation, has found that the vast majority of Illinois residents, from both urban and rural areas, want to see widespread use and development of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. However, based on recent local discussions, it is apparent that there is still a widespread lack of understanding about the benefits of using alternative energy sources. As such, there is clearly a need to educate this community and others about sustainable energy and our institution provide the best venue for reaching a large audience in creative and effective ways.

This paper presents preliminary efforts and a proposal to implement green energy technical education by developing, testing, and disseminating a 1-kW photovoltaic (PV) power production system recently acquired through a grant. It is anticipated that this project will raise public awareness of the requirement to protect the environment by promoting the use of green energy. The project will also provide a platform to help teach about renewable energy by developing curriculum material with applied projects to boost creativity in students at all levels.

I. Introduction

The use of renewable energy is increasing with applications including green power generation for homes, cottage industries, health clinics, and community centers. Illinois has abundant solar and wind resources and students will soon be asking for more curricular support in this area. As issues such as climate change, global warming, increased blackouts, and oil price fluctuation continue to pepper the news 1-3, it is likely that the use of renewable energy will become an increasing national priority that will affect the next generation of college students4. Indeed, a statewide survey5 conducted by the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation has found that the vast majority of Illinois residents, from both urban and rural areas, want to see widespread use and development of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. However, it is apparent6 that there is still a widespread lack of understanding about the benefits of using alternative energy sources. As such, there is clearly a need to educate about sustainable energy

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Kalaani, Y. (2005, June), A Solar System Project To Promote Renewable Energy Education Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/15382

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