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Development Of A Web Based Learning And Instruction Support System For Renewable Energy Sources/Hybrid Power Systems Courses

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Trends in Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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11.462.1 - 11.462.10



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Radian Belu Wayne State University

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Radian Belu is Assistant Professor at the College of Engineerig, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. He hold a PhD in Physics and the other in Power Engineering. Dr. Belu published over 55 papers in referred journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include power engineering, atmosphere physics, radar and remote sensing, physics and engineering education.

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Alexandru Belu Wayne State University

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Alexandru Belu is graduate student at the Department of Mathematics, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. He hold a MSc degree in Software Engineering from The University of Wastern Ontario, London, Canada. His research interests include software enegineering, web design, and computer algebra systems.

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Development of a Web-Based Learning and Instruction Support System for Renewable Energy Sources/Hybrid Power Systems Courses.

1. Introduction:

This paper details the ongoing effort focused on the development and implementation of a Web-based learning and instructional support system and materials for a sequence of two courses in the newly established program in Alternative/Renewable Energy Technology at the College of Engineering, Wayne State University. The first course, Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Sources, is also the pre-requisite for the second one, Hybrid Power Systems (HPS) –Analysis and Design. These courses are offered in the Winter 2006 term. The support system for these two courses will include course materials, remote data acquisition modules, and simulations/laboratory experiments1-5. The emerging technological advances in the renewable/alternative energy and the steadily increasing applications and their use by the power industry has instilled the critical need for engineers and technicians with technical skills tailored to these advances and to close the competence gaps in the areas of distributed generation (DG), hybrid power systems (HPS) and renewable/alternative energy technology. The development of these courses addresses these critical needs. Developing the proposed courses and responding to the changing needs of society in this area is a challenge, and will greatly enhance the effort of the College to foster interdisciplinary and professional interaction in the context of education, research and community development. The courses are to be offered as elective at the 5000 level, and hence are considered graduate courses. Qualified undergraduate senior students also can take them, but in their case some of the topics and requirements will be omitted.

Graduate students in Engineering Technology receive a broad training in mathematics, computing, and engineering and technology, through core and elective courses. Power engineering courses, in the new context of energy and environmental concerns and renewable energy technology courses will be well appreciated. The Division of Engineering Technology at Wayne State University plans to establish, in the near future, an undergraduate program in alternative energy technology. This program is intended to bridge the gap between 2-year college level programs in this area and the already established graduate level program in alternative energy technology. As part of this effort, in Winter 2006 term, two courses in renewable energy sources and hybrid power system (AET5500 – Renewable Energy Sources; and AET-5600 Hybrid Power Systems – Analysis and Design), both at senior undergraduate/graduate level are offered as pilot-courses in renewable energy/hybrid power systems.

Hybrid power systems combines two or more energy conversion devices that, when integrated, provide: (1) additional advantages over those devices operating individually, and (2) a synergism that yields performance that exceeds the sum of the components6. Hybrid power configurations are likely to represent a major percentage of the next generation of advanced power systems, due to high efficiency, modularity, flexibility, and low level of pollution6-15. These systems are one of the most suitable approaches in design and


Belu, R., & Belu, A. (2006, June), Development Of A Web Based Learning And Instruction Support System For Renewable Energy Sources/Hybrid Power Systems Courses Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--468

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