Renewable Energy Certificate
What are green technologies?Bioenergy
Energy Efficiency and Weatherization
Renewable and Alternative Energy
Smart Grid Technology
Smart grid technology is a developing industry process that increases efficiency, reliability, and security of the electric power supply. It does this by regulating fluctuating power generation sources, like wind turbines or solar panels, and automatically analyzing where power is needed, and managing the demand of electricity during times of peak energy use. Electricity has to be produced and transported to where it is used the instant it is needed. Fluctuating renewable energy sources, like wind turbines with variable winds or solar panels on a cloudy day, complicate system operation of the electrical grid because conventional power sources have to swing their loads to keep the electrical system stable and reliable. Pumped hydro storage facilities can temporarily store wind power that isn’t needed just when it is produced. Smart power meters can be used to enable time of day energy billing to shape the energy demand curve. Predicting the weather accurately, predicting demand, and scheduling the operation of renewable and conventional energy generation can become very complicated. Much of this has to be done through computer modeling, accurate guessing, and automated controls.
Smart grid also deals with managing energy and media in our homes. The homes of the future will be able to manage their energy use and plan activities based on the expense of electricity. We will be able to control appliance use, deliver media, and access the internet so we better make use of our time and energy dollars.
Lake Land offers several courses as part of this new green technology development: EET 065, Home Technology Integration, TEC 063, Electric Power Distribution, and TEC 067, Smart Grid Introduction.
Career pathways will include installation technicians for smart meters, computer technology, and home technology integration. Meteorologists, computer simulation specialists, mathematical model developers, system operators, engineers, and power plant workers will be needed. Managers of the new technology rollout, customer service representatives to explain the new technology, and technically trained administrators familiar with how the electrical system works will be needed as well. As this new technology develops, workers with technical skills will be able to fill jobs that make our energy system more efficient.(Close)
Future of Green Jobs
Lake Land College’s Technology faculty are creating programs and courses that meet current technical demands as well as the business side of the growing sustainability field. The programs span from learning technical skills, installing renewable energy systems, and servicing equipment to gaining business knowledge to run sustainable offices, handle sales or market new renewable energy products and services.
Future courses and programs will include training in low-impact, energy efficient construction techniques, integration of digital networks in home construction, training in SCADA, wind energy, smart grid operation, renewable & alternative energy, energy efficiency & weatherization, resource sustainability, solar thermal applications, bioenergy, and site assessment for renewable energy.
Three new certificates and one degree program have been developed will provide opportunities to specialize in green technology, earn an associate degree, or prepare for additional training at a four-year college or university.
Director of Sustainability
Coordinator Special Projects
Timothy Van Dyke
Division Chair Technology/Civil Engineering Tech Instructor
Linda Von Behren
Associate Vice President for Workforce Development