Sustainable Alternative Sources of Energy and Their Application: Education of Tomorrow's Managers

Dini, Said; Mindek Jr, Richard B.
April 2011
Proceedings for the Northeast Region Decision Sciences Institute;2011, p1486
Conference Proceeding
Reduction in utilization of energy along the activity cost chain of companies, including supply, manufacturing, distribution and sales, plays a vital role in their cost efficiency and resource conservation. Alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar, have been the center of attention for several decades. With petroleum prices escalating to their highest levels across the world, wind turbines and solar panel arrays have again become symbols of a global growing interest in alternative sources of energy. This study describes a unique program that has been developed at the Mechanical Engineering Department of our university. This program provides students with a hands-on understanding of utilization of indoor and outdoor alternative sources of energy in a laboratory environment. The laboratory facility includes a fully operational geothermal system, which is used to heat and cool the engineering labs. It also includes an array of six PV solar panels and a full scale horizontal axis wind turbine. The scale of these devices allows for useful power and heat to be provided to the engineering building. This facility is also fully instrumented for the collection of key performance data and allows for moderate scale demonstration of efficiency of alternative energy sources to students. Through this lab, students not only understand the operations and capabilities of energy generated by wind and solar devices, but it also allows them to analyze the cost and the extent of efficiency and sustainability of such sources of energy. This form of hands-on education can have wide ranging functional incentives for businesses large and small in terms of energy consumption, in addition to impacting the design and manufacture of different products such as home appliances and automobiles. This paper describes the development, operations and capability of the energy laboratory to educate and train future managers/owners of companies in addition to how we can enhance our students' understanding of sustainable alternative sources of energy and their application to more cost efficient operations and production in an organization.


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