Renewable Energy Systems: Concepts & Applications Online Training Program | March 2024

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Course Information

March 25-28, 2024
1.0 CEU


Ends at 11:59 PM EST 8 business days prior to training start.

Non-Member  | $950

AEE Member  | $900

Late Registration
Begins 12:00 AM EST 7 business days prior to training start.

Non-Member  | $1050

AEE Member  | $1000

Registration closes 12:00 AM EST 3 business days prior to training start or if course reaches capacity.

Course Description 

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.

What You Will Learn


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

Stephen Roosa (Moderator)


Stephen has worked in the energy industry for over 35 years as an energy engineer, designer, manager, educator, and consultant. He is the president of RPM Asset Holdings and considered internationally to be an expert in energy conservation, energy management, sustainable design, and renewable energy. His experience includes energy studies and projects for over 3,500 buildings with over $100 million in energy conservation, energy management, and alternative energy projects developed for industrial, institutional, and commercial customers. These projects have included renewable energy applications for the construction industry, including the solar, geothermal, wind, waste-to-energy, and transportation sectors. He is the editor of the 9th edition of the Energy Management Handbook, editor-in-chief of AEE's new International Journal of Strategic Energy and Environmental Planning and has authored over 50 published articles and four books.

Dr. Roosa is a past AEE president and the present AEE Director of Sustainable State and Local Programs and current Chairman of the Renewable Energy Professional Certification Board. He holds the following professional certifications: Renewable Energy Professional, Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Energy Manager, Carbon Reduction Manager, Indoor Air Quality Professional, Measurement and Verification Professional, Certified Energy Monitoring and Control System Designer, Demand Side Management, Business Energy Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional. Stephen has received numerous awards during his career including the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) International Energy Manager of the Year Award, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Energy Engineers Systems Technology Award and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Citation for Energy Management. He is a member of the AEE Energy Managers' Hall of Fame. Dr. Roosa holds a Ph.D. in planning and urban development, a master of business administration and professional bachelor's degree in architecture.


Day 1
03/25/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
03/25/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
Day 2
03/26/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
03/26/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
Day 3
03/27/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
03/27/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
Day 4
03/28/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
03/28/2024 at 2:30 PM (EDT)  |  150 minutes
Certificate of Completion
1.0 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.0 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
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If you are unable to attend the live course for which you have registered, registration fees can be transferred to another public course offering or substituted with another individual in your place within one year of the original course date. No difference in registration fees paid shall be refunded and the participant is responsible for any difference for transfers to a higher cost course.


Requests to transfer to a differently named course submitted 14 or less days are subject to the $200 Transfer Fee.


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