Due to technological advancement and supportive policies, renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels make up a growing share of the generation mix. Bringing renewable energy to market requires an understanding of such generation technologies, grid operations and integration, resource availability, and project development.
The objective of this course is to aide professional students in the development of skills, practical tools, and a knowledge base useful for careers in the energy sector, spanning project development, utilities, research, government, and environmental non-profits. This course will build an understanding of the technical, economic, and policy issues related to renewable electricity development and grid integration. Projects and problem sets will be structured from the point of view of various stakeholders and intended to introduce skills and concepts that environmental professionals employ. Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to critically evaluate options for generation development and policies which impact the power sector.
The course will be divided into four main sections:
- Renewable Generating Technologies
- Grid Operations
- Regulations and Markets
- Project Development
Prerequisites: NRE 574 or permission of instructor