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Renewable Energy Systems: Concepts & Applications


*Please note, for all certification preparation training programs, an additional fee is due when submitting your certification application to take the exam.

About this Program

Online, real-time seminar, 10 presentation hours

This online, real-time seminar provides an overview of alternative energy sources, applications, technologies, and strategies that provide a means of meeting sustainability goals. This introductory course in renewable energy includes a compiled set of presentations dealing with the various forms of low-carbon energy sources and the environmental impacts of renewable energy. This seminar includes study modules concerning wind power systems, solar thermal heating and photovoltaic generation, geothermal heating, and electrical production, biofuels, waste-to-energy systems, energy storage, fuel cells, hydroelectric power and microgrid applications. This seminar will provide you fundamentals concerning:

  • Detailed assessments of the various forms of renewable energy
  • Examples of renewable energy applications and projects
  • An assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of renewable energy applications
  • Using renewable energy solutions in building applications
  • An eye-opening look at new opportunities for using renewable energy
  • Renewable energy as a carbon emissions reduction solution
  • Lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid

Successful use of renewable energy involves a basic understanding of the type of technologies available as well as a balanced understanding of application realities. All of these elements have been condensed into an intensive on-line program includes four consecutive 2 ½ hour, on-line, real-time sessions. The material is presented in 12 modular sessions that detail the topics considered and case studies are considered.

Who should attend?

This non-certification course is intended for professionals whose roles include supervising and managing renewable energy and sustainability programs. It provides the basic information for energy and design professionals interested in renewable energy and ways to reduce carbon emissions footprints. Attendees will gain knowledge about the fundamentals of the various types of renewable energy systems and their applications. Elements of your responsibilities may include such areas as:

  • Municipal, institutional renewable energy program development
  • Engineering professional who supports renewable energy projects
  • Incorporating renewable energy resources in new construction
  • Integrating sustainability programs and renewable energy
  • Comparative assessment of energy production alternatives
  • Carbon and greenhouse gas emission assessments
  • Renewable energy microgrid applications.

Here's your opportunity to participate in a focused, fast-paced instructional program, designed to expand your knowledge in the field of renewable energy.

Online Training Experience

Attendees can participate in this online program from anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection or access via smartphone/tablet.



Introduction to Renewable Energy

  • Sustainable development as a driver for using renewable energy
  • Differences between alternative energy and renewable energy
  • Renewable energy as a carbon reduction solution
  • Importance of real-world renewable energy applications
  • The merging of local, state and federal programs


  • History of hydro-electric systems
  • Large hydro systems
  • Micro-turbine technologies
  • Ocean generation systems
  • River and stream current generation
  • Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC)

Solar Thermal Energy

  • History of solar energy
  • Passive solar applications
  • Hot water heating (domestic hot water and pool heating)
  • Solar heating and air conditioning
  • Solar thermal electric generation

 DAY 2

 Solar Photovoltaics

  • Functional aspects of PV
  • Solar PV technologies and applications
  • Solar PV electric generation
  • Advanced solar photovoltaics
  • Solar economics and feasibility assessments

Geothermal Energy

  • History of geothermal energy
  • Types of geothermal energy resources and development approaches
  • Geothermal electrical generation
  • Earth tubes applications for low temperature heating and dehumidification
  • Geothermal heat pump applications

Biomass and Waste-to-Energy Systems

  • Renewable wastes as an energy source
  • Types of biomass materials and their uses
  • Common biomass applications
  • Biomass energy applications
  • Landfill gas and gas turbines
  • Plasma-arc gasification

 DAY 3

Wind Energy

  • History and utilization of wind energy systems
  • Geographic distribution of wind energy sources
  • Design considerations such as intermittency and penetration limits
  • Small scale wind turbine generation (WTG) systems
  • Onshore and offshore wind energy technologies
  • Economics and feasibility of wind power projects

 Fuel Cells – Examples of Hydrogen Applications

  • History of fuel cells and how they work
  • Is hydrogen a renewable energy source?
  • Fuel cell designs (proton exchange, oxygen-ion, proton-membrane)
  • Applications of fuel cell technologies

Hybrid Systems and Creative Energy Storage Applications

  • Combining renewable energy applications
  • Solar and wind power combinations
  • Pumped-storage, wind generated hydroelectricity
  • Energy storage strategies
  • Battery storage (including rechargeable systems such as flow batteries)
  • Grid storage and intermittent power for demand response
  • Combining energy storage systems with renewable energy generation

 DAY 4

Transportation Systems & Renewable Fuels

  • Alternative and renewable fuel technologies for transportation systems
  • Local planning approaches and solutions
  • Using synthetic hydrocarbon fuels
  • Bio-fuels (ethanol, algae oils, etc.)
  • Vehicle-to-grid storage technologies
  • Hydrogen fuels
  • Clean Cities Program

Renewable Energy and Carbon Emissions Reduction

  • Sources of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
  • Linkages between renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions
  • Carbon trading and cap-and-trade programs
  • Strategic approaches to carbon reduction
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Carbon neutral approaches to buildings
  • Successful carbon reduction applications

Renewable Energy Microgrids

  • What are microgrids?
  • Central plant vs. distributed generation
  • Demystifying the electric grid
  • Basic configurations and components
  • A/C vs DC microgrids
  • Classifying microgrids
  • Distributed energy systems
  • Microgrid deployment

Schedule & Dates


February 6 - 9, 2023 | Eastern Time Zone

Day 1 | 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Day 2 | 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Day 3 | 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Day 4 | 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Non-certification Program

An exam is not administered during this program and the program does not provide an AEE certification.

Educational Credits

1 CEU | 10 PDH | 2 AEE Credits

Important Notes

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