Renewable Energy Certificate at Clemson

The Renewable Energy certificate consists of three classes in the areas of solar power, wind power, and renewable energy penetration. To enter this certificate program, one must possess a basic knowledge of DC and AC circuit theory including Kirchhoff's Laws, complex frequency, and Laplace transforms. If the applicant does not possess a basic knowledge of DC and AC circuit theory, he or she should complete the appropriate coursework (e.g., ECE 3070 – Basic Electrical Engineering or ECE 2020 – Electric Circuits I and ECE 2620 – Electric Circuits II). A grade of C of better is required for all courses that are part of the certificate program.


ECE 4570 Fundamentals of Wind Power

  • Introduction to wind turbine systems including wind energy potential and application to power generation. Topics include wind energy principles, wind site assessment, wind turbine components, power generation machinery, control systems, connection to the electric grid, and maintenance. Preq: ECE 3070 or ECE 3200 or consent of instructor.

ECE 4610 Fundamentals of Solar Energy

  • Introduction to solar energy conversion systems. Topics include environmental benefits of solar energy, solar thermal systems, concentration solar power, photovoltaic (PV) cell design and manufacturing, sizing of PV system, hybrid photovoltaic/thermal systems, energy storage, and urban/rural applications. Preq: ECE 3200 or consent of instructor.

ECE 4200 Renewable Energy Penetration on the Power Grid

  • Introduction to the basic definitions of electrical power, interfacing primary sources, generator/load characteristics, and renewable energy resources. Topics include solar energy grid interfacing, wind energy grid interfacing, battery charging/management, harmonic distortion, voltage sags, and national standards. Preq: ECE 3070 or ECE 3200.

Become a student

Instructions from Clemson University in applying to the Renewable Energy Certificate

  • This application is for students who wish to enroll in the certificate programs, but do not wish to pursue a degree and are not currently enrolled at another institution.