ENER 191 Renewable Energy

Fall 2014

Course Plan

An innovative experiment based renewable energy course that includes 15 hands on experiments from chemistry and physics, and a special lecture series that covers concepts like energy sources, impact of energy production and use, energy consumption, hydroelectricity, renewable energy technology and practice, fossil fuels and their impacts, energy policy and energy audits.

The course is designed for both engineering and non-engineering undergraduate students and does not require any advanced mathematics or physics background.

Each laboratory experiment introduces a miniature version of an energy conversion device that mimics the insights and workings of a real scale device. The laboratory experiments demonstrate the principles of conversion of energy from one form to another including hydroelectricity, wind turbine, solar cooker, thermoelectricity, photovoltaic, fuel cell etc.

Learning Outcomes

  • Fundamental concepts: Energy, its forms and applications
  • Developing a keen appreciation of physical quantities, their dimensions and units
  • Hands on experience with theoretical questions turned into experimental tests
  • Data analysis via statistical tools including calculating means, taking averages, mean squares and correlations
  • Presentation of data in the form of tables and meaningful graphs
  • Understand the importance of renewable energy and its advantage over the use of fossil fuels
  • Fundamentals of energy policy and an introduction to Energy Audits

You will also gain familiarity with reading and writing technical documentation. Along the way you will learn some related tools, e.g. Matlab.

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