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Fall 2012-2013
ELE 431 / MAE 431 / ENV 431 / EGR 431 / ENE 431 (QR)   na, npdf

Solar Energy Conversion

Sigurd Wagner

Principles and design of solar energy conversion systems. Quantity and availability of solar energy. Physics and chemistry of solar energy conversion: solar optics, optical excitation, capture of excited energy, and transport of excitations or electronic charge. Conversion methods: thermal, photoelectric, photoelectrochemical, photosynthetic. Solar energy systems: low and high temperature conversion, photovoltaics. Storage of solar energy. Advanced conversion techniques. Conversion efficiency, systems cost, and lifecycle cost.

Sample reading list:
Martin. A. Green, Solar cells: operating principles, technology and system app
S.R. Wenham et.al, Applied Photovoltaics
Stephen J. Fonash, Solar Cell Device Physics
Jenny Nelson, The Physics of Solar Cells
Tom Markvart, Luis Castaner, Solar Cells: Materials, Manuacture and Operation

Reading/Writing assignments:
Six homework assignment problem sets, one-hour midterm examination, three-hour final examination. Weekly reading assignment of 25 pages of textbook or web content, or review articles

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Problem set(s) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Completed freshman science or engineering courses (MAT 104, PHY 104, CHM 207). Open to others by permission of instructor..

Other information:
Knowledge of linear algebra and ordinary differential equations is essential. This course fulfills a requirement for the Sustainable Energy Certificate Program.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22643 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:13 Limit:65
P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm F   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:0 Limit:20