Energy Safety Passport (ESP)

The Energy Safety Passport (ESP) course was designed to become the standardized Appalachian Basin GO safety and environment awareness program for all producers, service partners, contractors, and subs working in the region. Last June, at the invitation of the founding partners of CSSD, the Energy Innovation Center (“EIC”) was asked to work in a collaborative […]

Introduction to Photovoltaic Energy

This course serves as an introduction to the concept of energy, how it is stored, produced, transported and used. The course gives full treatment to how electricity is produced from solar energy. Specifically, students will learn how solar cells convert light into electricity, how solar cells are manufactured, how solar cells are evaluated, what technologies […]

Advanced Photovoltaic

This course is the intermediate building block for persons entering the photovoltaic system installation, maintenance and technical sales workforce. The core competencies of this course are     directed at meeting the needs for training persons to work in the renewable energy industry and also meet the NABCEP entry level task analysis. Students completing this course will […]

Wind Energy

This course is an introduction to the basics of Wind Energy       systems. The course combines lectures and tours of specific topics within Wind Energy systems. The student will be introduced to the process of capturing wind energy and converting to electrical   energy. Topics will include atmospheric causes for wind, wind turbines, siting and inverters. The […]

Solar Thermal

This class introduces students to heat energy supplied by the sun. Passive lighting and heating loads are studied and calculated along with solar collectors, pumps, and heat exchangers. Students will learn about efficiencies involving hot water for potable use as well as building heat. A solar hot water heating system located at the EIC will […]


This is an introduction to the different types of geothermal heat pump systems.

Renewable Energy

This course explores the principles of energy from renewable sources and relative technologies. Full treatment is   given to solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, wind energy systems, wave generation systems, biomass, biogas and geothermal systems. Learner will explore basic resources, system types, components and applications. A comparison to conventional energy sources is calculated for each […]

Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology is the systematic analysis of global, regional and local material and energy flows and uses that are associated with products, processes, industrial sectors, and economies.  Energy consumption, non-renewable and renewable materials consumption, air pollutant emissions, waterborne pollutant effluents and solid waste generation associated with human activities are tracked and documented as part of […]

The mission of the Energy Innovation Center is to contribute to socially responsible workforce development, foster energy and sustainable technology advancement, and assist in job creation through a commitment to diversity, innovation and comprehensive education.

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