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Spring 2015-2016
* ENE 414   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Renewable Energy Systems

Fabian Wagner

A thorough introduction to renewable energy systems. Students will learn the physical, chemical, and engineering principles underlying renewable energy (RE) technologies: principles of operation of RE systems and technical challenges in planning and installing them; environmental and social impacts of energy technologies; challenges of integrating RE sources into existing energy systems; energy technology innovation systems; and economics of RE systems. Implications of transition to RE-dominated systems will be evaluated. The national and international policy context for RE will also be discussed.

Sample reading list:
Various, Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future
Ackerman, T., Wind Power in Power Systems
Munoz-Hernandez, G.A., Modeling and Controlling Hydropower Plants
Schubert, R., Future Bioenergy and Sustainable Land Use
Conkling, R.L., Energy Pricing: Economics and Principles
IPCC, Special Rpt on Renewable Energy Sources & Climate Change...

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be weekly assignments, including technical questions, readings and short presentations in class. A final project will address renewable integration into the grid; it will involve some coding and LP optimization techniques.

Design Project - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAE 228 Energy Technologies in the 21st Century, or evidence of equivalent proficiency in energy topics. Fluency in MATLAB, python, R is an asset.

Other information:
Students will learn how to design and plan an RE project.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43769 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:9 Limit:30