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Teaching Renewable Energy Concepts by Using Reduced Scale Models

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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ECCD Applications

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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26.1484.1 - 26.1484.7



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Gabriela De Mattos Veroneze North Carolina A&T SU

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Gabriela De Mattos Veroneze is a P.h.D Candidate in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a manufacturing concentration, with a scholarship from CAPES- Coordenacao de aperfeicoamento pessoal de ensino superior. She earned a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering

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Zhichao Li North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

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Pedro Augusto Pinto Caldeira

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Teaching Renewable energy concepts by using reduced scale models Since the industrial revolution the world has been oil depended to provide energy to heata reactor and to run a car for example. Because of the increase of oil price during 1970sengineers started looking for alternative sources of power. Renewable energy is the energy thatcomes from natural sources, such as, wind, Sun, geothermal, hydropower and biomass. This paper proposes a set of laboratories that can be taught inside a design class tointroduce renewable energy to engineering students, using reduced scale models, providing themwith a comprehensive education in how energy is produced, as well as different designs sets andexperiments that can be tested using the same type of renewable energy or the combination ofmultiple types. During the class concepts of lean manufacture will also be taught with theobjective of educating students to make efficient decisions when comparing a non-renewableenergy process to a renewable one. As part of the class students will be required to do research in how renewable energy canbe produced in large scale and as a final project propose their own design ideas on how toimprove renewable energy efficiency, using lean thinking, as well as how to include them in abuilding design for example.Figure 1 – Model of a Power-House Figure 2 – Wind Energy Model

Veroneze, G. D. M., & Li, Z., & Caldeira, P. A. P. (2015, June), Teaching Renewable Energy Concepts by Using Reduced Scale Models Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24821

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