Lab Experiments on Renewable Energy using Microsoft Visio and Inexpensive Apparatus

  • Energy is one of the major building blocks of modern society. To understand energy we must understand energy resources and their limitations, as well as the environmental consequences of their use. In our era, due to the increase of electricity use and depletion of traditional fuel resources, nations talk about the opportunities for clean and renewable energy technologies. Most of us pay attention to the new resources available without the knowledge of how those systems work. For the upcoming generations, real world training is a plus when preparing students for their future careers. Renewable energy training units are very important for the hands-on laboratory sections of energy education, because they help the students understand the concepts and applications of this type of energy. Due to the high costs of the training units, it becomes a budget concern to purchase training units for laboratory sections of renewable energy classes. Some of the pre-built training units already on the market have a price range from ten thousand to fifty thousand dollars per unit. If there are budget concerns for the program, the only option that remains is to teach theory without the benefit of hands-on training. Taking these issues into consideration, several experiments were created using Microsoft Visio and inexpensive apparatus. In these experiments, students were required to create renewable energy systems such as solar and wind power energy system using Microsoft Visio design software. After creating the system using the software, the student can build the system using equipment and materials to test it, if the hardware is available in the lab. The experiments described in this paper were designed to be used for hands-on activities which provide opportunities for students to engage in experiments that will reinforce the material covered. If equipment is not available, the exercises can help to teach the renewable energy systems by using only the software.
  • Faruk Yildiz
Learning Resource Type:
  • Reference – Educational Research Paper
  • Engineering – Green Design and Sustainable
  • College Freshman – College Junior
Media Type:
  • Document
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Alternative Energy
  • Bio-Based Formulation
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Publication Date:
  • December 2012