Renewable Energy Specialist Program

Price: 
$2,250.00
Category: 
Green Energy
Combined Hours: 
405
Course Type: 
Mentor Supported
Bundled Courses: 
Renewable Energy Specialist
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This Renewable Energy Specialist program covers solar energy in its various forms, such as photovoltaic, thermal and thermodynamic energy conversion, taking into account the various issues associated with the connection of these solar plants to the grid.

This Renewable Energy Specialist program addresses the main characteristics of the emerging generation of technologies which will be employed to provide energy for the power grid over the next 20 years. This course covers solar energy in its various forms, such as photovoltaic, thermal and thermodynamic energy conversion, taking into account the various issues associated with the connection of these solar plants to the grid. 

Renewable Energy Specialist

This Renewable Energy Specialist course addresses the main characteristics of the emerging generation of technologies which will be employed to provide energy for the power grid over the next 20 years. This course covers solar energy in its various forms, such as photovoltaic, thermal and thermodynamic energy conversion, taking into account the various issues associated with the connection of these solar plants to the grid. We will also cover wind technologies, wave power and geothermal energies. This Renewable Energy Specialist course is a must for anyone interested in moving into the field of green energy. 

Prerequisite(s): Solid knowledge of math and sciences

Sustainability Professional

As a Sustainability Professional, you will learn about this new ‘green’ paradigm, where energy plays a central role in our lives. Building an energy future which assures ample supplies of energy to meet our needs should be a major priority and of concern to all. Sustainability Professionals are dedicated to the practice of environmental and social responsibility in ways that achieve stability over the long run. Our Sustainability Professional course examines the consequences of present and future energy alternatives, energy policies, and possible energy strategies that can achieve economic prosperity and protect our environment.

 
Prerequisite(s): None

** Course Subject to Change.

Renewable Energy Specialist

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the core elements of photovoltaic systems and solar energy
  • Identify features of wind system energy and technologies
  • Recognize energy systems based on water and geothermal production
  • List the main features of biofuels and bioenergy technologies
  • Recall various energy systems, their efficiency and other factors of influence

Sustainability Professional

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the core elements of energy mechanics, home energy, and solar energy
  • Identify various sources of energy and the features of each
  • Recall methods of energy production for electricity and nuclear power
  • Define radiation and geothermal energy
  • Recognize key components of wind energy

Renewable Energy Specialist

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 1
Principles of Renewable Energy and Solar Radiation

  • Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Technical Implications
  • Standards and Regulations
  • Atmospheric Transmission, Absorption and Reflection
  • Extraterrestrial Solar Radiation
  • Components of Radiation
  • Measuring Solar Radiation
  • Site Estimation of Solar Radiation
  • Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 2
Solar Water Heating and Thermal Applications

  • Calculation of Heat Balance: General Remarks
  • Flat-plate Collectors
  • Selective Surfaces
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Social and Environmental Aspects
  • Air Heaters
  • Crop Driers
  • Water Desalination
  • Solar Salt-Gradient Ponds and Solar Concentrators
  • Fuel and Chemical Synthesis from Concentrated Solar

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 3
Photovoltaic (PV) Power Technology and Hydropower

  • Photovoltaic Circuit Properties
  • Applications and Systems
  • Maximizing Cell Efficiency
  • Types and Adaptations of Photovoltaics
  • Social, Economic and Environmental Aspects
  • Assessing the Resource Hydropower
  • Impulse and Reaction Turbines
  • Hydroelectric Systems
  • Pumped Hydro Storage

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 4
Wind Resource and Wind Power Technology

  • World Wind
  • Characteristics of the Wind
  • Wind Instrumentation, Measurement and Computational Tools and Prediction
  • Turbine Types and Terms
  • Linear Momentum and Angular Momentum Theories
  • Blade Element Theory
  • Power Extraction by a Turbine
  • Electricity Generation
  • Mechanical Power

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 5
Photosynthesis and Bioenergy Technologies

  • Trophic Level Photosynthesis
  • Photosynthesis at the Cellular and Molecular Level
  • Energy Farming: Biomass Production for Energy
  • R&D to ‘improve’ Photosynthesis
  • Biofuel Classification
  • Direct Combustion for Heat
  • Anaerobic Digestion for Biogas
  • Wastes and Residues
  • Biodiesel from Vegetables and Algae

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 6
Wave Power and Tidal-Current and Tidal-Range Power

  • Wave Motion, Energy and Power
  • Real (Irregular) Sea Waves: Patterns and Power
  • Energy Extraction from Devices
  • Wave Power Devices
  • The Cause of Tide
  • Enhancement of Tides
  • Tidal-Current/Stream Power
  • World Tidal Power Sites

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 7
Ocean Gradient and Geothermal Energy

  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
  • Practical Considerations about OTEC
  • Devices
  • Related Technologies
  • Osmotic Power from Salinity Gradients
  • Geophysics
  • Dry Rock and Hot Aquifer Analysis
  • Ground-Source Heat Pumps

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 8
Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency 

  • Distribution Technologies
  • Electricity Supply and Networks
  • Comparison of Technologies for Energy Storage
  • Energy Storage for Grid Electricity
  • Batteries and Fuel Cells
  • Energy End-Use by Sector
  • Energy-Efficient Solar Buildings
  • Transport
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Domestic Energy Use 

Renewable Energy Specialist Module 9
Institutional and Economic Factors

  • Socio-Political Factors
  • Economics
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Policy Tools
  • Quantifying Choice
  • Present Status of Renewable Energy
  • The Way Ahead

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Sustainability Professional

Sustainability Professional Module 1
Energy Mechanics

  • Energy Use and the Environment
  • Energy Use Patterns
  • Energy Resources
  • Exponential Growth, Peak Oil, and Resource Depletion
  • Energy Conservation
  • Forms of Energy and Energy Conversions
  • Motion
  • Energy and Work

Sustainability Professional Module 2
Conservation of Energy and Heat

  • Laws of Conservation Energy
  • Energy Conversion Examples and Efficiencies
  • Energy Use in Developing Countries
  • Energy Equivalencies: Barrels, Calories, and Btus
  • Heat and Work and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Temperature and Heat
  • Heat Transfer Principles
  • Heat Engines
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Sustainability Professional Module 3
Home Energy and Solar Energy

  • Heat-Transfer Control
  • Building Materials
  • House Insulation and Heating Calculations
  • Site Selection
  • Cooling
  • Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
  • Characteristics of Incident Solar Radiation
  • History of Solar Heating
  • Passive and Active Solar Space-Heating Systems

Sustainability Professional Module 4
Energy from Fossil Fuels

  • Resource Terminology
  • Oil
  • Natural Gas
  • Coal: An Expanding Role
  • Future Sources of Oil

Sustainability Professional Module 5
Air Pollution and Energy Use 

  • Properties and Motion of the Atmosphere
  • Air Pollutants and Their Sources
  • Air-Quality Standards
  • Automobile Emission-Control Devices
  • Stationary Source Air-Pollution-Control Systems

Sustainability Professional Module 6
Global Warming and Thermal Pollution

  • Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect: Observations
  • Global Warming: Possible Impacts
  • Global Warming: Possible Actions
  • Thermal Pollution
  • Ecological Effects of Thermal Pollution
  • Cooling Towers and Ponds
  • Using Waste Heat

Sustainability Professional Module 7
Electricity: Circuits and Superconductors

  • Electrification
  • Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry
  • Electrical Charges and Currents
  • Batteries and Electric Vehicles
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Superconductivity
  • Elementary Circuits
  • Electrical Power
  • Fuel Cells

Sustainability Professional Module 8
Electromagnetism and the Generation of Electricity

  • Magnetic Forces and Fields
  • The Generation of Electricity
  • Transmission of Electrical Energy
  • Standard Steam-Electric Generating Plant Cycle
  • Co-Generation

Sustainability Professional Module 9
Electricity, Atoms, Nucleus

  • Solar Cell Principles
  • Cell Manufacture
  • Photovoltaic Systems and Economics
  • Wind Energy
  • Hydropower
  • The Atomic Hypothesis
  • Building Blocks of the Atom
  • Energy Levels
  • Nuclear Structure
  • Radioactivity
  • Fission

Sustainability Professional Module 10
Nuclear Power: Fission

  • Chain Reactions
  • Assembling a Nuclear Reactor
  • Types of Light Water Reactors
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Radioactive Wastes
  • Decommissioning
  • Radioactive Releases
  • Alternate Reactor Designs
  • Nuclear Proliferation

Sustainability Professional Module 11
Radiation and Fusion

  • Radiation Dose
  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Background Radiation, Including Radon
  • Radiation Standards
  • Potential for Fusion Power
  • Conditions for Fusion
  • Magnetic Confinement Fusion Reactors

Sustainability Professional Module 12
Biomass and Geothermal Energy

  • Biomass Conversion
  • Food, Fuel, Famine
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Wood Combustion
  • Origin and Nature of Geothermal Energy
  • Hydrothermal Systems
  • Environmental Impacts

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Online is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.
 

Renewable Energy Specialist

Upon successful completion of our Renewable Energy Specialist course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES).

Sustainability Professional

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be equipped for an entry-level position in their field and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Sustainability Specialist (CSS).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Online has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Online has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Online is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.