Renewable Energy Technologies Minor

Two fully functional mobile solar systems aimed at educating students about logic and functionality of solar energy.

Two fully functional mobile solar systems aimed at educating students about logic and functionality of solar energy.

The Renewable Energy Technologies Minor is available to students seeking either an Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree. The RET Minor gives students more opportunities to work on Solar Energy, Wind and Water Energy, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology. With hands-on application and an in-depth background in RET you will be ahead of the game in the Renewable Energy Technology market.
Green up your degree with RET!

Renewable Energy Technologies Minor Requirements

A student must pass 18 credits from the list below with a grade of C or higher. No courses may be taken S/U. All prerequisites for the courses must be met or consent of the instructor must be obtained before enrolling in a class. Students can fulfill major portions of the requirements for this Minor by selecting their departmental electives in a judicious manner. the Viewing a Wider World requirement may be simultaneously met with this coursework where the course work is outside a student’s department.

Three Courses (9 credits):
ET 381, Renewable Energy Technologies
ET 382, Solar Energy
ET 384, Wind and Water Energy
ET 386, Sustainable Design and Construction

 

Two Courses (6 credits):
CH E/WERC 466, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology
CE 356, Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
EE 391, Introduction to Electric Power Engineering
ET 365, Building Utilities
ET 304, Electrical Machines
ET 374, Electric Power Distribution
ET 396, Heat Transfer and Applications or
ME 341, Heat Transfer and Applications
ET/ME 401, Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
WERC 200, Intro. to Environmental Fundamentals
WERC 300, Intro. to Pollution Prevention and Application
WERC 350, Intro. to Energy, Environment, and Risk Assessment
Students may take only one class from the following:
ET 420*, Senior Internship
ET 435*, Senior Design and Project Management
ET 440/441*, Senior Design and Senior Project
* Must be related to a renewable energy field and approved by faculty advisor.

 

One Course (3 credits) From Each of the Following Colleges:
Honors College: HON 378V, Technology and Policy
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: AG E 337V, Natural Resource Economics
College of Arts and Sciences: PHYS 303V, Energy and Society in the New Millennium HIST 302V, Science in Modern Society HIST 303V, History of Technology
College of Business: ECON 337V, Natural Resource Economics ECON 384V, Water Resource Economics
College of Engineering: CE/WERC 330, Environmental Management Seminar I ET 360V, Technology in Business and Society

Renewable Energy Technologies Videos

Located on NMSU’s campus, this solar sign is powered by a 65W PV panel and a 12V battery. The function of this system is to provide a safe, visible – day and night – location for the Aggie Transit bus schedule.

Located on NMSU’s campus, this solar sign is powered by a 65W PV panel and a 12V battery. The function of this system is to provide a safe, visible – day and night – location for the Aggie Transit bus schedule.

A fully functional 24 volt 400 watt wind turbine used for class demonstrations. This system was implemented to educate students about the design and functionality of wind energy.

A fully functional 24 volt 400 watt wind turbine used for class demonstrations. This system was implemented to educate students about the design and functionality of wind energy.

This system is designed to compare the efficiency of a passive one-axis solar tracker versus a fixed altitude adjustable PV rack. Each system produces approximately 180 watts of power and is monitored by a data acquisition system.

This system is designed to compare the efficiency of a passive one-axis solar tracker versus a fixed altitude adjustable PV rack. Each system produces approximately 180 watts of power and is monitored by a data acquisition system.

Four fully functional solar collectors used to heat water. This system is capable of running in both passive and active modes.

Four fully functional solar collectors used to heat water. This system is capable of running in both passive and active modes.