Survey of courses on renewable energy manufacturing at American universities

W. L. Cong, Z. J. Pei

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Abstract

Both U.S. and world economies have long depended on fossil energy (coal, oil, and natural gas). Supplies of fossil energy are expected to decline in the future and become more expensive. Meanwhile, their use contributes to the accumulation of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Therefore, an urgent need exists for renewable energy sources. In order to enhance the global competitiveness of the U.S. in renewable energy manufacturing, there is a dramatic need for a skilled workforce that has been trained in this field. A survey on renewable energy courses at more than 100 U.S. universities has been conducted. It is found that manufacturing aspects of all forms of renewable energy are not emphasized, and there are no sophomore-level courses that cover manufacturing of all forms of renewable energy at these universities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2011
Pages645-651
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
EventASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2011 - Corvallis, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2011Jun 17 2011

Publication series

NameASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2011
Volume1

Conference

ConferenceASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityCorvallis, OR
Period06/13/1106/17/11

Keywords

  • Manufacturing course
  • Renewable energy manufacturing
  • Workforce

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    Cong, W. L., & Pei, Z. J. (2011). Survey of courses on renewable energy manufacturing at American universities. In ASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2011 (pp. 645-651). (ASME 2011 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2011; Vol. 1). https://doi.org/10.1115/MSEC2011-50080