June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Teaching Renewable Energy System Design and Analysis with HOMEREquipping engineering students with the skills and knowledge required to be successfulglobal engineers in the 21st century is one of the primary objectives of undergraduate educators.Enabling students to practice self-directed learning, to find solutions to design problems that aresustainable to the application requirements, to have appropriate skills and knowledge, as well asthe familiarity of the modern software packages, tools and equipment used in today industries aremajor goals of all engineering or engineering technology programs. This paper is about how theuses of HOMER computer software's are such valuable tools for undergraduate engineeringeducation, specifically in the design, modeling and analysis of renewable energy systems.However, today there are quite a few programs in the area of renewable energy design, analysisand modeling. Some of them are more complexes, others user-friendlies, while others too simple.In our approach, the software package HOMER (Hybrid Optimization Model for ElectricRenewable) has been considered to have all the features and tools necessarily to make a goodoption, while being not too complicated and complex for undergraduate engineering orengineering technology students with limited or not previous knowledge in the areas ofrenewable energy systems. HOMER optimization software package can be used for design,model and analysis to determine the optimal architecture, structure, size and control strategy ofthe hybrid power system. It can perform comparative economic and modeling analysis on adistributed generation power system in order to get the best solution in terms of cost,performances, size and structure. As part of this project, several educational modules weredeveloped, planned or in process to be to developed. However, the first module is about how touse, interact and understand with HOMER package. Another module focuses on how to design aphotovoltaic system for residential and standalone applications to lower energy cost. A moduleunderway to be developed is one that can be considered as a guide on how to use renewableenergy to secure a sustainable grid. The paper also presents the technical skills gained by thestudents using the software HOMER package. Finally, undergraduate and graduate students hadthe exposure to non-technical engineering skills, like economic feasibility, logistic and decisionon energy security. We hope the materials presented herein can be used as the starting point forother instructors considering offering a similar course on renewable energy and the use ofHOMER as teaching help and design and analysis tool.
Belu, R. G., & Chiou, R., & GHAISAS, K., & Tseng, T. B. (2014, June), Teaching Renewable Energy System Design and Analysis with HOMER Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23102
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