Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Renewable energy courses offer in-depth information of renewable energy resources. Such information includes the manufacturing of photovoltaics, fuel cells, wind turbines, etc. Simple laboratory experimental modules are often available on the market for purchase. Current modules feature complete system assemblies that require student interface for measurements. Although these educational modules are completed exceptionally well for student learning, the modules often lack involvement of student interdisciplinary challenges to encourage creativity and problem-solving skills. Information and educational modules of renewable energy technology are focused based. Learning the 3-D printing technology offers students a greater ingenuity of information and promotes students’ interdisciplinary skills in integration of 3-D printing with renewable energy systems. The students were given multiple projects within the Green Energy Manufacturing course. Projects included circuit schematics of battery charging, direct power to LEDs/motors, and cost-effective systems to implement energy storage and usage from renewable energy sources. The course also contains laboratory experiments that enable students to determine wind turbine efficiency using 3D modeling and printing. The customized printed blades were used to determine the best angle for wind energy efficiency. Interactive project based learning, in coherence to lecture material, gives students an incentive to seek creative solutions to accomplishing project goals. Their experiences of conducting research; learning the research methodology and its impact on the overall education will be highlighted in the paper.
Chiou, R., & Mauk, M. G., & Tseng, T. B., & Jayadev, S., & Ruiz, C. M. (2018, June), Enhanced 3-D Printing for Energy Harvesting Project Implementation into Green Energy Manufacturing Laboratory Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30422
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