June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Sinclair Community College’s Blueprint for Developing a Laboratory and Curriculum for Energy Efficiency, Renewable and Alternative Energy ProgramsSinclair Community College currently has an Energy Technician Certificate and the courses inplace which will become a part of an Energy Management degree. Courses in the EnergyTechnician Certificate and degree program range from weatherization to commercial andindustrial assessment, including BPI (Building Performance Institute) certification for students.Sinclair Community College is also a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified EnergyPractitioners) Provider for the solar photovoltaic entry level exam and also offers solar thermaltraining. Sinclair’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are built upon classroomlearning, laboratory experiences, and field experiences with its many community partners.Sinclair’s alternative energy program includes students processing biodiesel fuel from Sinclair’sused kitchen oil which is then used to fuel the grounds equipment.Sinclair students designed and built the Center for Energy Education Laboratory. The methodsand procedures which were first used to design and build the Center for Energy EducationLaboratory and begin the students’ energy education through many service learning projects fornon-profit organization within the community are presented. The Energy Technician certificatecurriculum and the courses included in the future Energy Management degree are presented aswell as the methods used to design the curriculum to meet the needs of the community.The renewable energy curriculum including Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation and SolarThermal Design and Installation, and the procedures to become a NABCEP (North AmericanBoard of Energy Practitioners) Entry Level Exam provider are presented. The EnergyTechnician Certificate and Energy Management Degree include BPI certifications for Sinclairstudents. The requirements to become a BPI (Building Performance Institute) Affiliate are alsopresented.The strength of Sinclair’s energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative energy programsrests on the many community partnerships and collaborations through which the students areable to gain real world field experience installing solar photovoltaic system and performingenergy audits for both residential and commercial facilities. Methods used to form thesepartnerships and collaborations are presented.
Gilbert, R. (2011, June), Sinclair Community College’s Blueprint for Developing a Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18569
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