AET110 Introduction to Wind Power Technology (3-0-3)
Topics include wind characteristics, wind energy resources,
the yaw orientation system, the mainframe, the tower
structure, the supporting foundation, and the control system
for the wind turbine. The principle subsystems of the wind
turbine will be studied. These include the blades, the
supporting hub, the rotating parts such as the shafts,
gearbox, coupling, mechanical brake, and the generator.
The integration of wind turbines into the power system and
wind-energy systems' economics will also be addressed.
AET112 Introduction to Storage Battery Technology (3-0-3)
This course is an introduction to storage battery
technology. Topics include electrochemistry (oxidation-
reduction reactions), simple voltaic cells with aqueous
electrolytes, primary or non-rechargeable batteries, and
secondary or rechargeable batteries. This course focuses
on the Zebra nickel-sodium chloride battery to be
manufactured by General Electric in Schenectady, including
the chemistry, cell characteristics, and in particular the
ceramic electrolyte, electric data, energy density, capacity
retention and cycle life of the Zebra battery.
PR: CHM 113 or higher
AET114 Introduction to Solar Power Technology (3-0-3)
This course is an introduction to solar power technology.
Topics include diffuse and intermittent sources of sunlight,
the conversion of sunlight into electricity using the
physics of the photoelectric effect in photovoltaic cells,
the integration of solar power plants into the electrical
grid and solar energy systems' economics. This course
includes the study of crystalline silicon photovoltaic
cells, silicon wafer photovoltaic cells, amorphous thin-film
silicon photovoltaic cells, dye-sensitized organic
semiconducting solar cells, semiconducting polymer/metal
oxide photovoltaic cells, polymer photovoltaic diodes and
nano solar cells.
PR: CHM 113 or higher
AET116 Introduction to Fuel Cell Technology (3-0-3)
This course is an introduction to fuel cell technology.
Topics will include the operating features of a fuel cell,
the underlying thermodynamics and physical factors that
determine their performance, and the integration of the
fuel cell itself with other key components such as fuel
processing, heat exchange, power conditioning and control
systems. Six main types of practical fuel cells will be
discussed-the proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC),
the alkaline electrolyte fuel cells (AFC), the direct
methanol fuel cells (DMFC), the phosphoric acid fuel cells
(PAFC), the molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC), and the
solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The progress of the
development of hydrogen fuel cells and the problems
involved in producting and storing hydrogen will also be
AET118 Lean Manufacturing (1-0-1)
This course will utilize TPS (The Toyota Production System)
for implementation of Lean Manufacturing. Using 5S and
Standard Work, students will study the importance of
establishing visual management to enable the recognition of
abnormal conditions (defects), so that they can be addressed
and resolved. In addition, students will learn about kaizen
(continuous improvement) and a problem solving approach
(PDCA) involving all employees with the ultimate goal of
supplying the right part, in the right quantity with the
right quality, at the right price, and at the right time.
Some classes may be held at the Schenectady GE plant.
AET210 Power Generation (3-0-3)
This course examines the generation of electrical energy
by renewable energy sources. This course details the
principles of operation of the two main classes of
generators used extensively in wind power systems: the
synchronous generator and the asynchronous or induction
generator. The generation of direct current by photovoltaic
cells and fuel cells is also discussed.
PR: ELT 121
AET272 Power Transmission (3-0-3)
This couse is an introduction to the methods by which alter-
nate generated power is transmitted and distributed to the
consumer using the existing power grid. The connection of
electrical transformers, wind turbines, and photovoltaic
cells to the electrical grid will be discussed. Examples
will be taken from systems used by General Electric.
PR: AET 210