Alternative Energy - Is it for me?
The existence of all forms of life on this planet depends upon the consumption of energy in one form or another. All life, from human beings to the plants and animals surrounding us, extract energy from our surroundings and convert it to usable forms. The food we consume, the solar rays that shine on us and the fires we burn are all forms of energy. We can get a significant amount of energy from renewable and abundant resources like the sun, wind, geothermal sources, water behind dams as well as waves and tides. Unfortunately, we get most of our energy from less desirable sources such as fossil fuels which include petroleum, coal and natural gas. Using fossil fuels as our primary energy source causes the following problems:
To address the above issues, the Alternative Energy ME Specialty was created. This new specialty will make a major contribution in energy education and is in line with the desire to become nationally energy-independent and to create new jobs in Michigan.
If you have any questions about this specialty please contact either:
|MECH-521 Energy and Environmental Systems Design||MECH-526 Fuel Cell Science and Engineering|
|MECH-527 Energy and the Environment||MECH-528 Bio & Renewable Energy Laboratory|
|MECH-529 Design and Modeling of Fuel Cell Systems||MECH-545 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Propulsion|