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Renewable Energy Education in Texas Arranged by the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) TREIA Conf. Education Panel Nov. 14, 2006 Renewable Energy “Education” cuts a broad swath, and the panel will point to some of the significant ‘renewable energy education’ activities in the state.

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Renewable Energy Education in TexasArranged by the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES)TREIA Conf. Education PanelNov. 14, 2006

Renewable Energy “Education” cuts a broad swath, and the panel will point to some of the significant ‘renewable energy education’ activities in the state.

a broad range of renewable energy education activities
A broad range of Renewable Energy Education Activities
  • formal educational activities like “courses” offered
  • talks and workshops at meetings and fairs
  • hands-on activities (kids building model solar cars)
  • tours of solar and energy efficient homes
  • lesson plans for school teachers
  • student projects
  • conferences such as TREIA 2006
  • and others
panelists
Panelists
  • Jim Duncan, Business Owner, Fort Worth, TXSES board member, active in the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG). Activities in North Texas.
  • Gary Covington, Business Owner, Midland, Past TXSES board member, School Renewable Energy Lesson Plans.
  • John Gardner, EDS, Houston, TXSES Board member, active in Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG), Solar Home Tour and Cool House Tour.
  • Gary Vliet, UT/Retired, Austin, TXSES Board member, Renewable Energy in Higher Education.
the renewable energy roundup and green living fair
The Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair
  • Held in Fredericksburg each year (in Fall) since 2000
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Family Tent activities (building model solar cars, solar cookers, etc.)
  • Exhibits and Products
the dell winston school solar challenge
The Dell-Winston School Solar Challenge
  • 1993 - the Winston School team in Dallas (led by Dr. Lehman Marks) built a solar car and participated in the 1993 SunRayce USA from Arlington to Minneapolis.
  • 1995 - the Winston School began organizing the Winston Solar Challenge (solar car race) for high school teams and to date 11 race events have been held.
  • In recent years the major sponsor has been Dell and the events are designated the Dell-Winston School Solar Challenge
the dell winston school solar challenge11
The Dell-Winston School Solar Challenge
  • The Winston Solar Challenge has shared information with over 900 schools (middle and high) in 20 countries, and 94 schools have participated in their events. (About 10 teams for each participant team.)
  • The Dell-Winston School Solar Challenge has held more contests than any other organization world-wide.
  • Dr. Marksposes the question:  For every student actually involved in the final competitions, how many dreams did we create in the minds of kids along the race routes!
winston and dell winston solar challenge events
‘Winston’ and ‘Dell-Winston’ Solar Challenge events

Year Route Participating Schools*

1995 Dallas County 3

1997 Dallas to San Antonio 5

1998 Texas Motor Speedway, D-FW 7

1999 Dallas to Los Angeles 6

2000 Texas Motor Speedway, D-FW 8

2001 Austin to Columbus, OH 5

2002 Texas Motor Speedway, D-FW 10

2003 Austin to Cocoa, FL 7

2004 Texas Motor Speedway, D-FW 11

2005 Round Rock to JPL/Pasadena 18

2006 Texas Motor Speedway, D-FW 14

2007 Round Rock to New York ?

north american solar challenge and others
North American Solar Challenge and Others
  • 1990University of Michigan, 1800 miles (Epcot Center, FL – Warren, MI) 32 cars, 1 completed entire route, top speed 24.7 mph. Univ. North Texas placed 18th, & UT Austin placed 22nd.
  • 1991 Western Washington won, approx. 505 miles. (Sacramento to Los Angeles). Univ. Texas Austin placed 2nd.
  • 1993University of Michigan, 1109 miles (Arlington – Minneapolis) 34 cars, 1 completed entire route, top speed 27.3 mph. Univ. UT Austin placed 32nd.
  • 1995Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1251 miles (Indianapolis – Golden, CO) 38 cars, top speed 37.2 mph. TXA&M placed 27th.
  • 1997California State University, Los Angeles, 1242 miles (Indianapolis – Colorado Springs) 36 cars, top speed 43.3 mph. TXA&M placed 4th.
  • 1999University of Missouri — Rolla, 1423 miles (Wash. DC – Epcot Center, FL) 29 cars, top speed 25.3 mph. No Texas team
north american solar challenge and other cont d
North American Solar Challenge and Other (Cont’d)
  • 1999University of Missouri — Rolla, 1423 miles (Wash. DC – Epcot Center, FL) 29 cars, top speed 25.3 mph. No Texas team
  • 2001University of Michigan, 2247 miles (Chicago – Claremont, CA) 30 cars, 13 completed entire route, top speed 40.0 mph. TXA&M placed 27th.
  • 2003University of Missouri — Rolla, 2234 miles (Chicago – Claremont, CA) 20 cars, 12 completed entire route, top speed 43.1 mph. TXA&M placed 20th.
  • 2005University of Michigan, 2495 miles (Austin – Calgary, AB) 20 cars, 14 completed entire route, top speed 46.2 mph.No Texas team
  • Even in years when UT and A&M did not compete in the American Solar Challenge, they had teams that designed and built car but didn’t qualify.
the solar decathlon
The Solar Decathlon
  • Event among University teams to design, build and compete in an ‘Energy Efficient and Solar-Powered Home’ competition.
  • Two events to date (2002 and 2005), and another planned for 2007. Final competitions in Wash, DC in the fall.
  • UT Austin teams competed in 2002 and 2005.
  • Texas A&M competed in 2002.
  • The UT Austin Solar Decathlon House has been donated to the Blacklands community located at Leona and 22nd St., Austin. Will be part of the Blacklands low income housing project.
renewable energy courses at universities and colleges
Renewable Energy Courses at Universities and Colleges.
  • The following is a very cursory list of Renewable Energy related courses offered at Universities and Colleges in Texas.
  • Expected there are many related courses in science and environmental science programs.
  • One thing that appears to be apparent is that very few courses are in the curricula mainstream ……. most or all courses listed below are elective.
  • There is a wide variety of research projects at the various universities.
west texas a m university canyon
West Texas A&M University, Canyon.
  • WTA&M offers two semester long courses:

- Phys 301 – Solar Energy

- Phys 302 – Wind Energy and Wind Turbines

  • Courses developed by Dr. Vaughn Nelson
      • Courses have been offered since the mid-1980’s
      • Wind course available through distance learning since 1998
      • Solar course available through distance learning since 1999.
      • Both courses are elective.
other universities
Other Universities
  • Texas A&M University

Course (Solar Thermal) offered annually (?) in College of Architecture by J. Haberl

  • University of Texas at Austin

ME 374S (Solar Thermal and PV) offered in Mechanical Eng. annually since 1975 by G. Vliet

  • University of Texas at El Paso

Solar course was offered each year and half in Mechanical Eng. but recently discontinued.

st philips college san antonio
St. Philips College, San Antonio

Renewable/Alternative &

Fuel Cell Energy Sources 101

  • A new 24-hour Continuing Education course on renewable energy and fuel cells.
  • Course is a preview of a new 74 hour program --Sustainable Environmental Science -- planned to be offered in their Natural Science Department (Chaired by Dr. William Davis).
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St. Philip’s College

Continuing

Education

Renewables

Course

austin community college
Austin Community College
  • Practical PV course (48 hours, design and installation) taught this fall by John Hoffner and Michael Kuhn
  • Offered under the Continuing Education Dept.
  • Designed for the skills needed to pass a national test offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to accredit an Entry Level PV Installer.
  • Instruction on PV design issues, code issues, safety, installation, market information, etc.
  • 16 hours of hands-on experience on PV hardware and installation of a grid-tied PV system.
  • Final lab day is installation of 1 kW grid-tied system.
  • Starting spring 2007 course will be part of the academic department of ACC and available in the Power Generation Dept. as a course for an Associates Degree.