Renewable Energy Education Center

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Renewable Energy Education

Bringing renewable energy education and training to the masses of Delaware.

 A Word from the Project Manager

Delaware State University’s Renewable Energy Education program was started the summer of 2016 from a grant through Delmarva Power.  The mission is to enhance the education and training capacity of the University and to provide the general public with renewable energy literacy and training.  The Center is located on the DSU campus in the Luna I. Mishoe Science Center, North.

The goals of the Center are to bring renewable energy to the masses of Delaware, improve the infrastructure and capacity of renewable energy education, research and extension, to establish a University wide Renewable Energy Education Center, and offer certificate programs, as well as, credentialing services in renewable energy.

I welcome you to visit the Center in room 239.

Information

Preparing the Next Energy Workforce | The Source - An article by Delmarva Power published in their publication, “The Source”

According to EnergyWatch, a publication of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE):  Graham Rapier writes, “New research from Morgan Stanley (ACORE member) estimates that renewables will be the cheapest source of power generation in the world in less than three years”

“By our forecasts, in most cases favorable renewables economics rather than government policy will be the primary driver of changes to utilities’ carbon emissions levels,” according to their analysts. They also note that the price of solar panels has fallen 50 percent between 2016 and 2017. And in countries with favorable wind conditions, the costs associated with wind power “can be as low as one-half to one-third that of coal- or natural gas-fired power plants.”

Wind turbine blade lengths have increased dramatically in recent years thanks to stronger materials and design. Even a small lengthening of the windmill blades can increase output exponentially, as the “swept area” is a function of the square of the turbine’s radius. Remember that high school geometry?

On the solar front, Morgan Stanley says there has been oversupply of solar panels, which is pushing production prices down. Solar installation grew 50% last year, but capacity is still 28% above installations.

The bank sees two possible benefits (beyond helping the environment) for utility companies that invest in low-cost renewables:

“First, the ability to lower customer bills from utilizing low-cost renewables can improve utilities’ regulatory environment and provide related investment opportunities in grid modernization initiatives,” writes the bank.

“Second, for utilities with large, competitive renewable development businesses, investment in renewable energy projects can generate attractive risk-adjusted returns.”