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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Training and Workforce Needs in the Energy Sector

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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23.279.1 - 23.279.14



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Robert Gilbert Sinclair Community College

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Robert B. Gilbert, Ph.D., LEED AP, BA, is an Associate Professor of Energy Management Technology, and the Director of the Center for Energy Education at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Assistant Director of the Industrial Assessment Center at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. He serves on the Ohio Board of Building Standards filling the position Renewable Energy, is on the Board of Directors of Green Energy Ohio, is on the Faculty Renewable Energy Review Panel of the Ohio Board of Regents, and is on the Advisory Board of the Midwest Renewable Energy Training Network.

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Center for Energy Education LaboratoryName of institution designed and constructed a Center for Energy Education Laboratory tosupport its Energy Management Degree and Energy Technology Certificate programs. As arenewable energy program is included in the Energy Management Degree, energy efficiencyand renewable energy equipment, instrumentation and projects are included in the laboratory.The laboratory was initially designed and constructed as student projects. The studentsreceived credit for the required internship in their programs. The initial laboratory containedan Energy Star home mock-up, biodiesel processor, ethanol distillation equipment, 1kW fuelcell, solar drag race exhibit to support a community outreach program, and kiosks withenergy simulation software, code compliance software, and many Power Points and DVD’sto educate the students and the community about energy efficiency and renewable energy.The initial laboratory equipment and instrumentation purchase was supported with a budgetallocation from the Engineering Division.As the renewable energy program grew, another budget allocation funded the purchase of anoff-grid solar photovoltaic system, a solar thermal system, and a 1 kW wind turbine. Furtherequipment purchases were funded by acquiring grants and appropriations. The laboratorynow has equipment to test the biodiesel fuel which is used in the grounds equipment to mowthe grass and sweep the snow. To support the residential energy efficiency courses, there areblower doors, duct blasters, combustion analyzers, thermal imaging equipment and insulationblowing equipment. The renewable energy courses are further supported with a 1.4 kWadditional solar photovoltaic system and an additional 3 kW wind turbine. The commercialand industrial energy efficiency courses are supported by pumps, motors, variable frequencydrives, coils with two way and three way valves, and data logging equipment.The Center for Energy Education Laboratory is a vital component to support the renewableenergy and energy efficiency courses. Laboratory projects are used to demonstrate energyefficient designs and retrofitting measures to existing building envelopes and mechanicalsystems. Equipment is used to teach assessment procedures for residential, commercial andindustrial facilities. Such a laboratory is a necessary component in renewable energy andenergy efficiency educational programs.

Gilbert, R. (2013, June), Center for Energy Education Laboratory Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19293

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