Renewable Energy

Future jobs will aim to expand the use of our reoccurring and abundant natural resources in both urban and rural settings.  We design programs to teach about renewable energy technologies for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.  Our programs incorporate technologies such as solar power, wind power, energy storage systems, fuel cells, and biofuels in order to support sustainable growth.  Lessons can begin with an overview of technologies and incorporate full-scale, hands-on experiences to give an immersive learning experience.  Example programs include how to design systems, create 3D models and virtual simulations, and select appropriate equipment for an existing building, new construction, or even a citywide infrastructure.

Examples of Renewable Energy Topics

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Distributed Energy refers to the generation of electricity through small generation sources located close to where it will be used.  Most electricity is generated far away from its place of use.  When electricity has to travel long distances through many transmission lines, much of the usable electricity gets lost along the way.  Generating electricity locally reduces wasted electricity and also supports the utility grid when it is overburdened, especially during peak demand times.  Using clean, renewable energy is a sustainable way to generate distributed electricity.

 

Sustainable Development is an essential component of planning for the future expansion and energy needs of an area.  The objective of sustainable development is to increase productivity while reducing resource consumption and environmental damage.  This includes implementing methods such as energy efficiency, water conservation, and clean, renewable energy production.  In areas where resources are becoming strained, it will be necessary to implement sustainable development practices in order to allow for the success of future growth.

 

Before beginning a renewable energy project, a Resource Analysis of the renewable resources available in the area should be made. Data is calculated to determine the best use of renewable energy technology based upon location and environmental specifications.  Also, innovative technologies can be added to many forms of renewable energy to increase their electrical output, allowing them to be used in locations with less abundance of a specific renewable resource.  It is beneficial to understand the available resources of an area and how they can be effectively integrated into a sustainability plan.

 

It is necessary to understand the energy usage of an area during the developmental stages of an energy project. Energy Management refers to the management of how energy gets used by the consumer, especially in reference to peak demand times.  Through management, the usage of energy can be structured efficiently to reduce the overall amount of energy needed at different times throughout the day.  Through onsite energy production and energy efficiency, energy consumption can be significantly reduced, which also reduces the burden experienced by utility power grids.

 

Video: Solar Electricity

Solar power lessons can include assessment of solar potential, optimal solar orientation, and system equipment options.

This video shows an example of a green building that features a solar electric system mounted in a variety of ways.  It also describes the system's components, as well as highlights how different features of the building may affect or contribute to the solar electric system needs.  

Video: Wind Power

Wind energy lessons can include instruction on site analysis, allowing participants to determine which wind technology will be best suited for its location.  Our 3D modeling process allows participants to experiment with different technologies and where to install the turbines.  With pole-mounted turbines, the higher the turbine, the more wind energy it will capture.  Not every situation is suited for wind.  However, when viable, wind has the potential to provide electricity throughout the day.

Video: Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Energy storage lessons can include instruction on technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells. These energy storage systems can use renewable energy to create hydrogen, through electrolysis, that can be stored and then later used as the fuel to power a hydrogen fuel cell.  This animation shows this process on a molecular level.  Hydrogen atoms are split at the anode, allowing the electrons to be used while the protons pass through an electrolyte.  They eventually rejoin at the cathode where they are met with oxygen atoms to form water, the byproduct of this process.

Renewable Energy

Solar Power: The Complete Guide

By: State Renewable Energy

This digital, interactive, multi-touch book is filled with industry-grade materials that use the platform of technology to deliver information in an interesting and engaging way.  It covers topics such as how electricity works, the technology used to create solar power, the engineering behind the design of a solar electric system, and the calculations needed to determine energy usage and costs.

Book Video: Solar Power

The digital book Solar Power is an example of interactive content for a touchscreen interface.  This video displays the interactive features and content within the book.  Designed for the iPad, its engaging, multi-touch features deliver a "hands-on" experience.  This book has proven to be effective and can easily be integrated into a variety of trainings to highlight the use of technology.

About Us


Growing Gears provides scientific and technology integration services for the development of a highly-skilled, industry-grade workforce. We design and install high-tech learning labs using advanced technologies and innovative solutions relevant to modernizations in the workplace. We also develop advanced training programs for technical institutions, colleges, universities, companies, organizations, and government agencies that are looking to reduce the skills gap that exists between workplace innovations and the workforce.

We specialize in fields such as 3D modeling and 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, hydroponics and advanced agriculture, computer science and coding, robotics, and renewable energy. Our mission is to strengthen and support the advancement of a high-tech workforce in a globally-competitive economy.

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