Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy

In accordance with the faculty mission, the Electrical Engineering with Renewable Energy (ELERE) program has been carefully designed to satisfy another need of the Palestinian community, namely, graduating electrical engineers with particular expertise in renewable energy. With a complete harmony between the courses offered throughout this program, students joining it will be taught, trained, and qualified to serve the fast-growing sector of renewable energies and their integration into conventional grids.

This engineering program will increase chances of establishing small businesses and new services. Electrical engineers with strong knowledge of renewable energy are required in this particular stage of life where everybody is concerned with the future of conventional resources of energy, gas emissions, pollution, and environment. Similar to most governments in the world, the government of Palestine has realized the importance of integrating renewable energy systems into the conventional electrical grids. It therefore initiated the Palestine initiative of energy, through which it presents incentives to encourage people to utilize renewable energies. Therefore, well-educated, trained, and experienced electrical engineers in the field of energy and renewable energy are immanently needed. This is exactly what this program aims at producing.

ELERE program is designed based on the recommendations presented by the most respectful bodies in the field of electrical engineering and renewable energy such as the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB).


Upon a successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to do the following:

  1. Measure and analyze the performance of an electrical grid and suggest ways to improve it including adding renewable energy sources.
  2. Troubleshoot faults and errors in electrical power systems and present solutions.
  3. Design, simulate, analyze, and implement conventional and renewable energy systems, or extend existing systems to satisfy the needs of customers.
  4. Test and examine the operation and performance of electrical motors, generators, transformers, wind turbines, photovoltaic modules, inverters and other related equipment.
  5. Recognize opportunities of employing appropriate types of renewable energy systems in different geographical locations, perform sizing studies, and propose appropriate system configuration.
  6. Perform integration studies of renewable energy into conventional grids and analyze the challenges of adding such renewable energy sources.
  7. Apply the new strategies of smart grid control and distributed generation philosophies.
  8. Manage projects in the field of electrical engineering and the field of renewable energy systems.
  9. Continue study in any field of all the above-mentioned subjects.
  10. Establish and implement in depth research and development studies relevant to conventional and renewable energy systems.
  11. Use renewable energy software programs such as Homer Energy, PVSYST, Sketchup and others.
  12. Understand, exhibit, and employ the ethical and stoical responsibility for energy sustainability.


Market Need for ELERE Graduates :

Due to international, as well as national, need for the exploitation of renewable energy sources, electrical engineers with particular knowledge about renewable energy sources and their technologies are of particular importance. Electrical engineers with the mentality of searching for any possible renewable sources of energy that are available but not noticeable are needed. The ELERE program will produce such engineers.

The idea of employing the different sources of renewable energy available in a special location to generate electrical energy is gaining very high reputation now due to the positive impacts it has on human health, environment, economic situation, power reliability, and others. Such renewable energy sources reduce harmful gas emissions, reduces wastes of power stations, reduce running costs of conventional resources exploitation and usage, improve power systems reliability, and many other advantages.

In our particular case in Palestine, and because we do not own electrical power generation stations, but instead rely upon imported electrical energy, renewable energy sources constitute our only independent electrical power generators. These power generators can participate in solving the problem of electrical power shortage during peak consumption periods of which we already suffer.

Due to their many benefits, the employment of renewable energy sources in producing electricity is being encouraged by official parties in Palestine. Special regulations and facilitations, including subsidies are made to widespread the use of such sources. For example, new governmental constructions and buildings, such as schools, hospitals, and clinics, have to include photovoltaic systems to produce electrical energy.

Therefore, the Arab American University with its Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology finds it important to supply the community with such a program that is going to graduate engineers who are capable of fulfilling the above-mentioned community needs.


Careers of graduates:

Renewable energy is spreading like a fever across the word. Due to the presence of some of the renewable resources in each country, developed as well as developing countries all are participating in the advancement of this sector.
Upon the above, Electrical Engineering with Renewable Energy program graduates can work locally and internationally in many sectors among which are:

  1. Electrical energy distribution companies
  2. Municipalities and local councils
  3. Electric sector regulatory bodies
  4. Renewable Energy/ Photovoltaic Energy Companies
  5. Energy Consultancy Offices
  6. Renewable Energy Marketing Companies
  7. Research Institutes in the field of renewable energy in governmental, university and private sectors
  8. Construction and Contracting Companies
  9. Private Businesses