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Fall 2017-2018
* ENE 431 / ELE 431 / ENV 431 / EGR 431 (QR)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Solar Energy Conversion

Barry P. Rand

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. Solar energy systems: low and high temperature conversion, photovoltaics. Storage of solar energy. Conversion efficiency, systems cost, and lifecycle considerations.

Sample reading list:
Jenny Nelson, The Physics of Solar Cells
David JC MacKay, Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air

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.

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

Other information:
This course fulfills a requirement for the Technology & Society: Energy Track and Sustainable Energy certificate programs.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21812 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th        Enrolled:7 Limit:30
22853 P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm F        Enrolled:7 Limit:30