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ETEC 120 Fundamentals of Water Power

3 credits
Water power is one of several viable energy sources that will reduce carbon emissions in the coming century of global energy transitioning. Students will gain the skills necessary to analyze a site and determine if requisite conditions have been met to support a viable water power generation system.

Prerequisites: ETEC 110  or instructor permission.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of water energy and how it is used for electrical power generation
  • Perform basic electrical measurements and calculations in regards to water power needs
  • Diagram the basic components of an electrical water generation system
  • Analyze a potential water energy site to determine if it will support the needs of a micro-hydro system, including calculations of head and volume requirements
  • Describe and review the regulations and environmental laws regarding the construction of a water energy system, including permit laws
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of a basic water energy generation construction.
  • Summarize the components of a functional model wind turbine
  • Calculate the return on investment on a water power system