The demand for energy is expected to grow 30% by 2040. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy sources? In this course, students will explore some of the science, math, and technology used to extract energy from renewable resources. Students will:
- Apply engineering concepts and principles to solving renewable energy issues
- Examine how wind energy and solar power systems work
- Learn how to determine the efficiency of an energy system
- Understand the concepts of energy conversion, work, and power.
Teams will design, build and test various renewable energy systems including wind, hydroelectric, and solar applications. Students will have the opportunity to redesign a gasoline-powered go-kart to run on solar energy, including the use of CAD – Computer Aided Design software and 3D printers to design and fabricate custom parts for the go-kart, and compete in the FGCU Solar Go-Kart Competition.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval