Renewable Energy Technology Fundamentals

The energy needs of our nation are currently met with strong reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.  Supplies of these fuels are dwindling and are becoming increasingly expensive to produce, as well as environmentally damaging to extract and consume. Several sustainable/ renewable energy technologies are being tested and applied to supplement or supplant fossil fuel resources and energy production systems.  While there are many alternative energy technologies under study and development, wind and solar energy resources are examples of two of the more popular options being utilized. The generation, distribution, management and control of clean and efficient energy involves the integration of electrical, electronic, mechanical and computer components and devices, just as in other advanced technology systems in our modern world.