Wind, Waves and Tides: Alternative Energy Systems

Learn how energy is extracted from three naturally occurring fluid flows: wind, waves and tides. Strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies will be discussed and illustrated through case studies of specific installations.

About The Course

The wind is a part of our everyday experience. Anyone who has lived on a coast or even vacationed there is familiar with waves and tides. That these naturally-occurring fluid flows contain energy is intuitively recognizable and indeed technologies to harvest wind and tidal energy were in use centuries ago. Our current quest for sustainable energy sources has led us to refocus once again on the potential of wind, waves and tides. This course will explain and describe the technologies to extract energy from each. The strengths and weaknesses of these various technologies will be discussed and illustrated through case studies of specific installations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment upon completing this course?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Recommended Background

The course is designed as a technical elective for final year undergraduates or beginning graduate students in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or other engineering programs that cover the prerequisite material.  Prerequisites include undergraduate level courses in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, with some knowledge of heat transfer.