Renewable energy sources are essentially carbon-free and more sustainable than fossil or nuclear fuels. This course reflects the remarkable progress that has been made in the field in recent years. Our program is focused on learning through hands-on work. We’ll spend about one-third of our time in “the classroom,” studying renewable energy systems, their underlying physical and technological principles, their economics, their environmental impact and how they can be integrated into the World’s energy systems. The rest of the time will be in the field, getting our hands dirty, learning by doing.
While Costa Rica is well known as a World leader for conservation policies and eco-tourism, the Central American country also stands out for its environmentally oriented policies and its success in mainstreaming energy sustainability into national policy. Currently, 99.2% of the total primary energy supply in Costa Rica is of renewable type, with geothermal accounting for over a third, hydroelectric dependency not exceeding 50%, and a very small share from fossil fuels (0.6% non-sustainable biomass, and 0.2% from oil). Costa Rica also aims to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2021, its 200th birthday.
Learn about renewable energy technologies for the developing World in one of the few countries in the region that have taken a concerted structural approach to the issue of sustainable development.
To check costs by line items, please check the budget sheet here.
Students may be eligible to apply for:
- Education Abroad Grant-In-Aid($500) from the Penn State Office of Global Programs
- Education Abroad Diversity Grant-in-Aid($500) from Global Programs for ethnic minority students and students with documented disabilities
- Education Abroad Africa & Latin America Grant-in-Aid($500) from the Penn State Office of Global Programs
- Education Abroad Whole World Scholarship($500) for students traveling to non-traditional locations
- Global Experiences Scholarship (variable) from the Office of Science Engagement.
- Schreyer Travel Grant(variable) for students in the Schreyer Honors College
Please apply on the Education Abroad website here.
Dr. Miguel Mostafa, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State University
2021 Dates TBD
3 Credits (Can be applied to 400 level Bio credits)
124 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
Vacant – Direct all questions to Tomalei Vess
Dr. Tomalei Vess
Dr. Ann Marie Daniel