The need for clean, renewable energy is growing, and with it are growing opportunities for a workforce educated in the fields of bioenergy and solar and wind energy. The Associate of Science degree program in Renewable Energy offers two areas of specialization:
• Bioenergy, which focuses on the generation of biogas from organic material from agricultural, industrial, and municipal byproducts and waste
• Solar and Wind Energy, which focuses on energy production from solar panels, wind turbines, and other technologies
The Associate of Science degree allows students to complete approximately 50 percent of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture at The Ohio State University.
Students in the Renewable Energy program complete a paid industry internship with such firms as biogas generation plants, wind farms, solar panel manufacturers, research facilities, and municipalities.
Investment in the renewable energy industry is predicted to grow worldwide from $66 billion in 2007 to $630 billion in 2030. There is an expanding need for qualified employees in such positions as:
• Equipment installation and service technicians
• Environmental engineering technicians
• Bioenergy plant/system operators
• Energy facility manager
• Renewable energy equipment sales
• Research laboratory technicians
• Water and waste treatment system operators
Ohio State ATI’s specialized facilities provide numerous hands-on opportunities for students. These facilities include:
• A renewable energy laboratory with small-scale biodigesters and wind and solar trainers
• A fully-operational, 550,000-gallon biodigester where students will gain hands-on experience
• A bioenergy research laboratory at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, located adjacent to the Ohio State ATI campus
• Our 1,700-acre farm, with dairy, beef, swine, and equine facilities and 900 acres of agronomic crops
• A 21,000-square-foot greenhouse complex
Ohio State ATI was awarded an Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation for a program entitled “Bioenergy: A Model Workforce Education Program.” For additional information regarding the grant and the Renewable Energy program, see greenenergy.osu.edu.