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Continuation of Green Initiative in Campus and the Curriculum Development of a Second Course Concentrating on Selected Choices of Alternative Energy Sources in EET Program Through Global Economic and Environmental Aspects.

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Global Engineering Models: Curriculum Development, Improvements, and Partnerships

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International

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

22.379.1 - 22.379.12

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https://peer.asee.org/17660

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25

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Rafiqul Islam Northwestern State University

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Abstract

Continuation of Green Initiative in Campus and the Curriculum Development of aSecond Course Concentrating on Selected Choices of Alternative Energy Sources inEET Program Through Global Economic and Environmental Aspects.AbstractEnergy systems play a critical role in everyday life and an important part of engineering.Currently, non-traditional (green) energy sources are the area of interest in the academia,business and industry alike. There is an urgent demand for a well trained workforce todevelop, process, utilize and manage these green sources in an environmentally andeconomically feasible approach. Obviously, the quest for alternatives to fossil fuels willadd to the growing global effort to combat climate change. The author deems that moreemphasis should be given to the sun tracking solar power system as it can be utilized toits full potential followed by the wind energy.As mentioned in the last paper, Northwestern State University at Natchitoches, LA hasactively taken an initiative to promote a green, healthy, and environmentally friendlycampus. The progress in that area will be documented here. In order to make this processmore attractive and meaningful I offered one survey course online for all disciplines inalternative energy during summer 2010. The findings will be reported in this paper. Incontinuation, a second course will be offered in classroom environment during spring2011 with more technical concepts, design aspects, and implementation suitable for EETand IET students. The author will justify the concentration on sun tracking solar and windenergies over other alternative energy sources in terms of economic aspects andenvironmental issues. A comparison study in this field with some Asian countries willalso be discussed.The experts are expecting a solar market tornado as it has transformed into a worldwidemovement and the growth will be around US$ 30 billion and US$ 200 billion in 2010 and2020 respectively. The impact of alternative energy on global economy is undeniable andits proper use is highly desirable. The students will be motivated by understanding that acareer in alternative energy is both rewarding and a positive contribution to the fightagainst global warming. Knowledge in this emerging and lucrative field of alternativeenergy engineering will broaden the undergraduate experience of technology and greatlyenhance their employment opportunities.

Islam, R. (2011, June), Continuation of Green Initiative in Campus and the Curriculum Development of a Second Course Concentrating on Selected Choices of Alternative Energy Sources in EET Program Through Global Economic and Environmental Aspects. Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17660

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