Clean Energy Technology Courses
Check out the Class ScheduleNRG 101
Introduction to Renewable Energy (5)
Survey course on Renewable Energy Systems. This course fulfills the need for a basic understanding of electricity, conservation, and entropy. It includes measuring energy, OHM's Law, and renewable fuel. Student option grading.
Calculations for Energy Technologies (4)
Applied mathematics and physics concepts used in building energy technologies. Prerequisite: Completion of BUS 102Â OR MATH 070Â OR placement into MATH 098Â OR Instructor Permission.
Introduction to Battery Technology (5)
This is an introductory course covering battery fundamentals, theory, and applications. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of basic electrical (voltage, amperes, ohms, DC-AC, and wave-forms). They will develop knowledge of high voltage safety and precautions, and applications of batteries in automotive and clean energy. Dual listed as AUTOA 103.
Buildings In Context (5)
Students develop and articulate a personal sustainable design philosophy that informs their contribution to an integrated design process which creates buildings that are sustainable solutions in their social, cultural, public policy, ecological and aesthetic contexts. Prerequisite: NRG 101Â or NRG 102Â or NRG 110Â and ENGL& 101Â orÂ BTWRT 215Â with a grade of 2.0 or better, or instructor permission.
Electricity & Jobsite Safety (3)
This is a foundation course for Energy System Designers. It includes Jobsite Safety, Electrical Awareness, and Basics of Electricity. After completion of the 10 hour OSHA curriculum, students will receive the OSHA Construction Industry Card. Student option grading.
Intro Energy/Sustainability In Built Environment (5)
Overview of energy issues from multiple perspectives, including resource & species depletion, climate impacts and public energy policy decisions, processes, & strategies.
Introduction to Renewable Resources (5)
Introduction to design and application of renewable technology including solar, wind, hydro and biomass.
Solar Electric Design & Applications (5)
Explore the use of sunlight to produce electricity. Practical & economical design of photovoltaic power systems, site analysis, system sizing, equip. specs & component selection, code requirements, economics of PV systems, and energy efficiency and conservation impacts on system design will be covered. Student option grading.
Energy Audit 2: Commercial (4)
Energy audits for large commercial buildings. Prerequisite: NRG 161.
PV Performance Analysis (3)
Deals with system performance & commissioning including pre-inspection checkout, startup, troubleshooting, verification, and monitoring. Focus is on a safe and properly installed system with overview of advanced metering tools. Prerequisite: NRG 120. Student option grading.
Solar Thermal Space/Hot Water Design & Install (5)
Learn theory, setting, design, procurement & techniques required to install & maintain a solar hot water system. Examine passive/active, unglazed/glazed, & evacuated tube technologies, optimal designs, alternative space heating, building codes, utility conservation programs, and site & federal incentives.
LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation (4)
Prepare students to pass the LEED GA examination.
Energy Audit 1: Residential (4)
Energy audits for residential and small commercial buildings.
Large Building Assessment: Building Technology (4)
Survey of large building assemblies, systems and energy efficiency technologies that affect building energy performance. Prerequisite: Completion of NRG 102Â and NRG 180Â or Instructor Permission.
Large Building Energy: Methods & Measurements (4)
Methods and measurements used for large building energy audits and assessments. Prerequisite: Completion of NRG 162Â or Instructor Permission.
Building Systems and Blueprint Reading (5)
Use and interpret technical drawings and specifications depicting building energy technologies. Mac computer not recommended.
Virtual Design for Energy Technologies (5)
Course provides foundational technical skills in the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for high performing/renewable energy systems in the built environment. Topics include whole building energy systems modeling for design, analysis, and detailing. The course focuses on Autodesk Revit MEP. Prerequisite: Completion of NRG 180Â with a 2.0 or better, or instructor permission.
Zero Energy Building Design (5)
Covers principles behind design & building residential/commercial lowrise structures that approach or exceed net zero energy use over lifecycle. Examines historical/contemp. methods for optimal year-round comfort, reduced energy consumption, air quality improvement & environmental impacts. Prerequisite: NRG 101.
Zero Energy Design Practicum (3)
Students will gain hands-on, practical knowledge of the methods and materials explored in NRG design. Prerequisite: NRG 120, NRG 130, and NRG 200 or instructor permission. Student option grading.
Career Seminar for Clean Technology (3)
Prepare students for internships and jobs in the Clean Technology industry. Will include networking strategies, cover letters, resume, interviewing skills. Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least 2 NRG classes.
Advanced PV Design (5)
Focus in on PV systems compliance with NEC codes & regulations. Emphasis on component selection, string sizing, inverter/module matching, conductor sizing, overload protection, grounding, mounting systems, battery backup. Accurate 3D drawings. Prerequisite: NRG 101Â and NRG 120Â or permission by instructor. Student option grading.
PV Technical Sales (3)
This course provides students with the complex skills and knowledge for Photovoltaic (PV) Technical Sales. This course reviews PV equipment, site survey, best rooftop practices, sales skills, customer needs, project tracking, preparing proposal and presentations, and PV and the Electric Vehicle (EV) interaction. Prerequisite: NRG 120Â with a minimum 2.0 prior to taking this course.
Battery Based PV System Design (5)
Preparation for the complex design requirements of battery based PV systems. Design, code requirements, maintenance, and safety consideration for both utility interactive (grid-tied) and stand-alone (off-grid) battery based PV systems. Prerequisite: NRG 105Â and NRG 120Â with grades of 2.0 or better, or instructor permission.
Introduction to Sketchup (5)
Introduction to the use of the software for improving and evaluating the design of solar energy projects.
Advanced Sketch-Up (5)
This course reviews Basic SketchUp tools and introduces more complicated modeling techniques with SketchUp Pro and LayOut. Prerequisite: NRG 225 completion with 2.0 grade or better. Student option grading.
Renewable Energy/Solar Internship (1-5)
This course provides students with work experience in the Renewable Energy industry.
Special Topics In Zero Energy Technology (2)
Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Zero Energy Technology.
Individual Project In Zero Energy Technology (1)
Individual project in Zero Energy Technology. By approval of instructor.
Individual Project In Zero Energy Technology (2)
Individual project in a specific area of clean energy technology.
Individual Project In Zero Energy Technology (3)
Individual project in a specific area of clean energy technology.