June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Educating Students about Energy: A Practical ApproachIndustrial and commercial building consume majority of energy. The energy consumption ofindustrial buildings is tied to the production line. Improving the efficiency of such buildingsmay need production line upgrade and equipment replacement. However, commercial buildingsaccount for 19% of the energy consumed in the United States. The types of buildings that usemore than two-thirds of that energy are office and retail buildings, educational and health-carebuildings, and lodging. More than half the energy used by commercial buildings goes towardheating and lighting. Opportunities for commercial buildings include improving the operationsand maintenance of existing buildings, and finding ways to deal with the split incentives thatoften occur between the bill-payers and the tenants of the building. Additionally, in many cases(particularly in schools and public buildings) capital is not always readily available for efficiencyimprovements. At a national level; energy inefficiency poses steep economic and environmentthreats. On a local level, increasing energy efficiency is important to small businesses for theircontinued success. On a more tangible level, improving energy efficiency can lower utility costsfor building and operation of the business. Due to decline in economy in recent years, tenants oflarge building have difficulties in paying their utility bills. To help stay attractive and relevant topotential new businesses, commercial building must stay cost-competitive with other markets.Incentives from utilities, local and federal governments provide opportunity to increase energyefficiency and lower energy usage costs of commercial buildings. The value of energy efficiencyin properly implemented construction standards is universally recognized as the easiest and mostcost-effective way to help consumers save energy and money, make housing more affordable,and reduce air pollution. Buildings can benefit from the incentive and lower energy usage.Students graduating these days need to be educated about energy and energy management. Toaddress this issue a graduate course is developed to address the energy management, efficiencyevaluation and their implementation. Furthermore, the graduate program in EngineeringTechnology at Purdue University Calumet developed a focus area in the energy with fourrequired courses. This paper presents the energy focus program, courses and their topics.Students in the program are required to present a practical project to apply the energy efficiencyprincipals and examine different available potentials to improve building energy efficiency andprovide recommendations for further cost savings. A real case study is presented to demonstratethe implementation of these principals. The energy efficiency improvement needs auditing,mitigation, pinpointing the culprit, finding remedy, calculating the incentives, implementing thesolution and measuring the energy usage. At the conclusion, evidences are provided todemonstrate the effectiveness of this graduate program.
Fathizadeh, M. (2014, June), Educating Students about Energy: A Practical Approach Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20339
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