ECE 5374G Advanced Alternate Energy Systems | ECE | Virginia Tech


Course Information


Electric energy from alternative energy sources including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal and ocean. Characteristics of direct conversion, electromechanical conversion, and storage devices used in alternative energy systems. Power system issues associated with integration of small-scale energy sources into the electricity grid. System level cost benefit analysis.

Why take this course?

This course addresses the role of electricity in modern's society with the focus on alternative energy sources that include solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and ocean. Various energy storage devices and characteristics of direct and electrochemical conversion used in alternative energy systems will also be discussed, including emerging issues associated with integration of small-scales energy sources into the electricity grid, life-cycle costing, energy efficiency and conservation.


Graduate Standing.

Graduate standing.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • Perform the resource assessment of renewable energy sources for electricity generation.
  • Model the performance of distributed energy sources for grid-connected operation.
  • Analyze and design off-grid renewable energy systems.
  • Statistically analyze the long-term capacity factors and capacity credit from distributed sources.
  • Perform a system level cost-benefit analysis of alternate energy systems.

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

1. Alternate sources of generation 5%
2. Statistical analysis of Wind energy 15%
3. Modeling of Solar energy systems. 15%
4. Tidal energy design analysis 5%
5. Georthermal energy project evaluation 5%
6. Hydropower resource assessment 5%
7. Non-conventional hydro resource assessment 10%
8. Storage system evaluation 10%
9. Fuel cell design and evaluation 10%
10. Design of Hybrid systems 10%
11. System level cost benefit analysis 10%