Renewable Energy Systems

Course Description

The demand for companies to incorporate green energy into their buildings and facilities continues to grow. And for good reasons: a facility that can develop a renewable energy management system benefits from energy independence and reduces its long-term energy costs. 

In this course, participants will gain an understanding of renewable energy systems that includes fundamentals and scaled demonstrations. They will see state-of-the-art research facilities and advanced technological developments relating to renewable energy. Finally, participants will be able to apply their gained insights via conceptual design exercises that enable them to begin assessing renewable energy options for their respective facilities and other interests.

Course ID: ENER 2010P
Course Format: Classroom

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15407 Nov 2, 2015 Nov 3, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $995
17465 May 15, 2017 May 16, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $995

Who Should Attend

  • Facility owners, builders, operators and engineers
  • Energy managers, auditors and consultants
  • Architectural firms
  • Sustainability professionals
  • Community and regional planners and officials

How You Will Benefit

  • Gain the foundational knowledge of renewable energy systems, the need behind them, as well as an understanding of the economic and political context of the industry
  • Obtain an understanding of the benefits and challenges of the major technologies, through discussion and demonstrations: Solar Thermal, PV Energy, Hydro and Wind Turbines, Bioenergy, Fuel Cells
  • Learn energy management strategies including dynamic planning and energy storage
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations of solar photovoltaic and power generation
  • Tour Georgia Tech’s Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory, the Platinum LEED-certified, award-winning building on campus and the nexus of energy-focused research and academic collaboration at the Institute
  • Develop the skill set to analyze your own facility with HOMER software for alternative energy options


  • Identify the need and promise of simultaneously renewable, alternative, and "clean" energy techniques.
  • Explain the basic principles of operation of prevalent renewable energy systems.
  • Constructively discuss the socio-economic catalysts and challenges regarding renewable energy implementation.
  • Experience, through practical hands-on demonstrations and exercises, a prevalent renewable energy mode and “real world” applications of such
  • Apply energy engineering fundamentals to the conceptual design/analysis of renewable energy systems through a well-regarded software (HOMER software) that will be accessible as “freeware” after the course’s completion.
  • Appraise the diversity of beneficial applications that may utilize renewable energy systems.
  • Utilize the software-based ability to screen and conceptually design renewable energy systems given their applications interests.



  • Participants should bring a laptop that supports the download of a PC-based software HOMER

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Comas Haynes