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Spring 2018-2019
* ENE 259 / EGR 259   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Darren R. Hammell

Students will learn how to identify and analyze technology and business innovations in energy, determine likelihood of success in the contemporary market, and design companies and careers to maximize their positive impact on global energy and environmental progress. Students will gain an understanding of unique aspects of energy technologies, markets, and businesses, including the underlying science, influence of government policies, and how innovations can proliferate through new companies and business models. Focus will be on hardware and software innovations for US and global markets, including distributed energy generation and use.

Sample reading list:
Brealey, R., S. Myers, and F. Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance. 10th ed.McGraw-Hill, 2010
Giugni, M., D. McAdam, C. Tilly, eds., How Social Movements Matter. University of Minnesota Press,
MIT Energy Initiative, 2011, MIT Energy Initiative. "The Future of the Electric Grid."
Hogan, D., M. Kapur, et al., "Rural Electrification in India: The Solar Energy Opportunit
Handy, C., "What's a Business For?" Harvard Business Review 80 (2002)
Bakke, Gretchen, The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and our Energy

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments of 1-2 articles per week, 10-15 pages per article, from energy distillates, case studies, and articles. Midterm quiz, 3-5 page writing assignment, final paper (10-15 pgs) analyzing an energy technology, a new product, or a company using skills and methods learned throughout the course.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Other information:
The course includes an optional, one-week field trip over Spring Break to the San Francisco Bay area, to visit companies and tour energy projects in the "real world", including Alcatraz Island Solar Microgrid developed by the National Park Service and Princeton Power Systems. Additional stops may include an electric vehicle factory, solar panel design facility, ocean research institute, and "virtual power plant" provider. A final itinerary will be presented the first week of class.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42456 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:14 Limit:15