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An Undergraduate Course on Renewable Energy Systems with Enhanced Marine Energy Content

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Ocean and Marine

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Radian G. Belu Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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Dr. Radian Belu is Associate Professor within Electrical Engineering Department, Southern University, Baton, Rouge, USA. He is holding one PHD in power engineering and other one in physics. Before joining to Southern University Dr. Belu hold faculty, research and industry positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer and consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in power electronics, power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, control, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods, space and atmosphere physics, and applied physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines for non-conventional energy conversion, remote sensing, wave and turbulence, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published four books, fourteen book chapters, several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting, renewable energy, microgrids, wave and turbulence, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Alexandru Belu

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The world demand for electricity is increasing and conventional energy resources are depleting, making the renewable energy based electricity one of the alternative. Today the renewable energy is one of the most rapidly growing rapidly energy industry. Over the last decades the renewable energy has gone through significant technological advances and extended uses for electricity and other industrial applications. One the other hand, the industry has significantly increased its demands for qualified engineers who can understand and cope with the difficulties inherent in the wide range of disciplines involved in these technologies. Universities are introducing renewable energy courses into their curricula, to empower students to work in this rapidly developing industry. Renewable energy technologies are highly interdisciplinary and are crossing over a number of engineering and science fields making difficult to be covered in a single course. However, renewable energy has a great potential for multi-disciplinary projects, both at undergraduate and graduate levels. Such projects can involve electrical, mechanical, civil, and chemical engineering aspects while still being accessible to undergraduate students. Design and development of renewable energy projects allow students to work on projects that can be relevant to current leading edge research and technologies. The development, content and structure of an alternative energy course as part of this effort to embed renewable energy into our curriculum are also presented. Course motivation is outlined and a detailed description of the topics covered is also given. This course is also part of the efforts of to establish an energy engineering concentration at our university. We would also like to thank in advance any feedback and suggestions provided by educators involved in similar enterprises. This paper presents our experience of teaching renewable energy systems at the undergraduate level.

Belu, R. G., & Belu, A. (2021, July), An Undergraduate Course on Renewable Energy Systems with Enhanced Marine Energy Content Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36682

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