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A new major in Green and Alternative Energy is offered to students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in the Engineering Technology Department at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The program provides students with general and specialized training in renewable energy – related fields such as fuel cells, solar and wind energy. New courses in Fuel Cells Technology, Advanced Fuel Cells Technology, Power Technology, and Energy Management Systems have been designed to integrate theory with practical applications. Hands-on experience is emphasized in project and laboratory sessions in which students practice the installation, operation, maintenance and servicing wind and solar systems, or learn to operate and characterize fuel cell performance. Along with renewable energy – specific courses, students are offered courses in Manufacturing Technology, Automated Manufacturing, Materials and Processes 2 or Engineering Technology Project in which they are exposed among others to manufacturing technologies of fuel cell materials, components, stacks and systems. Students in this major participate in related research projects such as the design and demonstration of robotic technology for an automated assembly of fuel cell stacks, the design and demonstration of a methanol reformer for production of hydrogen as fuel for fuel cells, fabrication of components for fuel cells using computer numerical control, investigation of manufacturing processes for the production of graphite bipolar plates for fuel cells, or design and fabrication of instrumentation for measuring fuel cell component properties. The research projects that students are involved in, enable them to acquire practical skills required in industry and align with the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program commitment to accelerate the growth of fuel cell industry in Ohio, to investigate manufacturing processes and technologies, to adapt or modify existing components and systems that can reduce the cost of fuel cell systems, to address technical and commercialization barriers and demonstrate market readiness.
Gurau, V. (2017, June), Green and Alternative Energy Program in Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28422
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