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An Overview: Applied Interdisciplinary Renewable Energy Projects

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovative Energy Projects

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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25.179.1 - 25.179.18



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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University


Keith L. Coogler Sam Houston State University

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Keith L. Coogler is an instructor of industrial technology at Sam Houston State University. He received a B.S. in design and development and holds a M.A. in industrial education and is pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education from Texas A&M University, Commerce. His primary teaching area is construction management. research interests include automation, electronics, alternative energy, and “green” construction.

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Reg Recayi Pecen University of Northern Iowa Orcid 16x16

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Reg Recayi Pecen holds a B.S in E.E. and a M.S. in controls and computer engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. in E.E. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He has served as Graduate Assistant and faculty at UW and South Dakota State University. He is currently a professor and Program Coordinator of Electrical Engineering Technology program at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also serving as a graduate program coordinator at the Department of Technology. He serves on UNI Energy and Environment Council, CNS Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004-2009. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He is also a recipient of 2011 UNI C.A.R.E Sustainability Award for the recognition of applied research and development of renewable energy applications at UNI and Iowa in general. He was recognized as an Advisor of the Year Award nominee among eight other UNI faculty members in 2010-2011 academic year Leadership Award Ceremony. Pecen received a Milestone Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students at UNI, and recognition from UNI Graduate College for acknowledging the milestone that has been achieved in successfully chairing 10 or more graduate student culminating projects, theses, or dissertations, in 2011 and 2005. He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a paper reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He is currently serving as a Chair-elect on American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Energy Conversion and Conservation Division. He served as a Program Chair on ASEE ECCD in 2010. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Pecen received a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Power Electronics Society President Dr. Boroyevich in recognition of valuable contributions to the IEEE Power Electronics Society Solar Splash as 2011 Event Coordinator. Pecen is a board member of Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( and also representing UNI at Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Pecen has been teaching Building Operator Certificate (BOC) workshops for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007 at Web:;

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An Overview: Various Interdisciplinary Applied Renewable Energy ProjectsEnergy is one of the major building blocks of modern society and is a fundamental concept in allscience and engineering disciplines. Understanding energy concepts and forms leads to anunderstanding of energy resources and their limitations as well as the environmentalconsequences of energy misuse. We live in an age of environmental awareness and alternativeenergy education fills most of our daily conversations in engineering and science education.Increasing the percentage of power derived from clean and sustainable alternative energy sourcesis becoming an increasingly important strategy to achieve reductions in greenhouse gasemissions. In order to implement renewable energy in projects, qualified personnel take a veryimportant role on planning and design prior to implementing the projects. Education and trainingof workforce who will be involved in the projects is important and should be taken into accountwhen investments are being considered to execute projects, so that there will be qualifiedpersonnel. In preparing students for their future career, real-world experiences and hands-ontraining is an important part of their education. Research projects and laboratories are excellentteaching aids for providing students with opportunities to implement the theory they learn inclass. Educating the younger generations about sustainable and clean energy sources is vital toliving in a clean and bright environment in the future.Technology and engineering programs in many higher education institutions, especially, havebeen developing alternative energy related classes, projects, and programs. Renewable energyteaching systems and projects can help students to comprehend complex concepts better byinvolving a renewable energy project or series of laboratory experiments. Students from variousdisciplines such as construction science, electronics, physics, computer science, design anddevelopment, agricultural engineering, and industrial technology have been involved inrenewable energy projects either independently or as class projects since Spring 2009. Projectshave been undertaken under faculty supervision with all steps (student qualifications, materialand methods, part lists, cost of the project, project scheduling, applicability, student outcomes,etc.) having been documented. These projects’ details and results will be documented in thepaper to encourage such projects at other institutions. Following are the projects: Hybrid Electric Boat Solar Energy Powered LED Lighting Solar Energy Tracker Development of Solar Air Heater System Development of Solar Water Heating System Implementation of a Skylight to a Building Electronic Energy Generating Bike and Hand-Crank Power Generation Energy Friendly AC/DC Lighting Renewable Energy Data Acquisition and Monitoring System and Weather Station Hydrogen Fuel Cell System Hybrid Wind and Solar Generation System Renewable Energy Laboratory Experiments Workbook Development of a Renewable Energy Training Unit Solar Powered LED Based Indoor Security Lighting System

Yildiz, F., & Coogler, K. L., & Pecen, R. R. (2012, June), An Overview: Applied Interdisciplinary Renewable Energy Projects Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20939

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