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Fall 2008-2009
ELE 431 / MAE 431 / ENV 431 / EGR 431 (QR)   No Audit

Solar Energy Conversion

Emily A. Carter
Sigurd Wagner

Principles, designs, and economics of solar conversion systems. Quantity and availability of solar energy. Physics and chemistry of solar energy conversion: solar optics; quantum processes; optical excitation; and transport of excitations, electronic, and ionic charge. Methods for conversion: photovoltaics; photoelectrochemistry; photosynthesis; and solar thermal conversion. Balance of systems: power conditioning; energy collection, transport, and storage. Economics: life cycle costing; and societal value of renewable energy.

Sample reading list:
D. Yogi Goswami, Frank Kreith, Jan F. Kreider, Principles of Solar Engineering
George C. Schatz, Mark A. Ratner, Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry
Martin A. Green, Solar cells: Operating Principles, Technology
Jeremy Berg, John I.. Tymoczko, Lubert Stryer, Biochemistry

Reading/Writing assignments:
Six quizzes, six homework assignment problem sets, one-hour midterm examination, three-hour final examination. 25 pages of web based information on the conversion, storage, transportation and consumption of energy.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 40%
Quizzes - 20%
Problem set(s) - 20%

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 Juniors,Seniors and graduate students only, or others by permission of instructor..

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21589 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W F   Friend Center   004   Enrolled:18 Limit:65
P01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   109   Enrolled:0 Limit:30