EGEE 438
Wind and Hydropower Energy Conversion

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Welcome to Wind and Hydropower Energy Conversion!

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Quick Facts about EGEE 438

Instructor & Author

Susan W. Stewart, Ph.D., Teaching Professor, Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.


This course examines the principles of sustainability and renewable energy conversion with emphasis on wind and hydro energy resources. Concentration is placed on the relationships between the renewable resources, conversion technology and economic feasibility along with consideration of the associated risks and environmental impacts. Students will understand both the principles of operation and the application of wind and hydropower technologies in an evolving energy economy. It will complement existing courses on fossil fuel and solar energy conversion. Students will actively participate in learning through team projects and classroom based problem sessions. This is a required course in the energy engineering major and may serve as an elective to other engineering majors.

Topics of Study

The content of this course is divided into 8 lessons. Each lesson will be completed in approximately 1 week.

  • Lesson 1: Wind Industry & Technology Overview
  • Lesson 2: The Wind Resource
  • Lesson 3: Energy & Economic Analysis
  • Lesson 4: Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Lesson 5: Wind Project Development, Large, Small & Offshore (Environmental Impacts)
  • Lesson 6: Hydropower (Hydroelectric Dams)
  • Lesson 7: Tidal Power
  • Lesson 8: Wave Power