Would you like to know how to assess sites and lands for appropriate renewable energy technologies? A 2012 futures study by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that:
“[R]enewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050.”
This increase in renewable energy could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, independence from foreign energy sources, and the generation of domestic jobs.
A workforce trained in the assessment of land, property, and buildings for sustainable energy use is necessary to achieve this. This involves an education in the various forms of current technology & alternative energy including:
- hydroelectric and microhydro
- geothermal and geoexchange
- biomass, biogas, and biofuels
- solar photovoltaics & solar thermal
- fuel cells
Understanding how each of these technologies work isn’t enough. In addition to a technical foundation in renewable energy production, this workforce needs to create solutions to specific energy problems and demonstrate the ability to design and implement cost-effective energy generation. An understanding of energy policy is imperative to better assess sites for sustainable technology development and influence the large-scale adoption and evolution of renewable energy.
Ready to learn more?
Questions? Please contact Richard Ebersohl.
This program is supported with funding from USDA NIFA Higher Education Grants and NC State University’s Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications.