Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering (SuRE) is a professional discipline concerned with the design, development, implementation, and improvement of the methods and systems used to generate and distribute energy from sustainable and renewable sources.

The impact of existing patterns on global climate could well be the limiting factor to how long fossil fuels can continue to serve a significant fraction of society’s energy needs. It makes eminent sense, therefore, to make every effort to conserve non-renewable fuels for use by future generations and to control the global greenhouse effects. This has motivated the search for effective engineering technologies to decrease energy use, enhance the efficiency of energy utilization associated with fossil fuels and to change to renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind, tidal wave, biomass, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy.

The SuRE program is designed to educate engineers to have the technical and analytical skills for designing, building, and operating sustainable and reliable energy systems that link generation, distribution, and end use in an environmentally efficient way. Students in the program will learn how to apply quantitative analytical and design skills to solve problems in sustainable energy systems to construct new components and systems for energy applications. The SuRE program includes a combination of course work in mathematics, natural and life sciences, applied engineering science and design, and non-technical elective courses.

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering (B.Eng.) program offers:

  • Stream A: Smart Technologies for Power Generation and Distribution: emphasizes electrical and computer systems engineering content with object-oriented programming and semiconductor electronics in second year, computer organization and power electronics in third year, and computer communications and solar cells and applications in fourth year.
  • Stream B: Efficient Energy Generation and Conversion: emphasizes mechanical and fluid engineering content with graphical design and system dynamics in second year, engineering materials and fluid mechanics in third year, and heat transfer and thermofluids for energy systems in fourth year.

As a student in the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering program, you have the opportunity to enrol in a co-operative education option.

As a student in this new program, you will spend your first year learning the fundamentals of basic science and mathematics, including chemistry and physics and an introduction to the specific engineering disciplines of the energy program. Second year offers introductory courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, numerical methods, environmental process analysis, electrical engineering, electronics, circuits, data structures and algorithms. In third-year specialized courses related to sustainable and renewable, electrical, industrial, and computer engineering. Fourth year offers further specialization in renewable energy, pollution, solar cell applications and a chance to apply your knowledge through a major group design project of direct relevance to industry needs.

As a graduate of this program, you could find employment in power plant utilities, construction industry, manufacturers of materials and equipment for renewable energy projects, hybrid vehicle design industry, and service industries specializing in enhancing energy efficiency.

Example of a typical Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering undergraduate program:
The link below will show the Prerequisite Trees for all 4 years. It will also contain other information related to the program. Click here for Prerequisite Trees.