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Fall 2014-2015
ELE 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, wind,photoelectric, photoelectrochemical, photosynthetic, biomass. Storing solar energy. 3 lectures, 1 lab, 1 lab precept per week. Lab accessible 24/7.

Sample reading list:
David JC MacKay (online), Sustainable energy without the hot air
Volker Quaschning, Regenerative Energiesysteme, 7th ed.
Volker Quaschning, Understanding renewable energy systems
D. Yogi Goswami, Frank Kreith, Jan F. Kreider, Principles of Solar Engineering, 2nd ed.
Martin. A. Green, Solar cells
Christiana Honsberg and Stuart Bowden (online), http://www.pveducation.org/pvcdrom

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assignments coupled to lab experiments. Final project report. Weekly reading of 35 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Other Exam - 40%
Lab Reports - 15%
Papers - 30%

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
22156 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W F   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:7 Limit:20
23384 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F110   Enrolled:7 Limit:20
22157 P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm F   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:7 Limit:20