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Spring 2018-2019
* 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:
David JC MacKay, Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air
Wesley Reisser, Colin Reisser, Energy Resources: From Science to Society

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading assignment of 25 pages of textbook or web content, or review articles. Paper in lieu of midterm and one final project with presentations, two technical reports, and a fact-checking exercise.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Design Project - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40901 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:15 Limit:30
43221 P01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:15 Limit:30
42264 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled