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
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.
- Fundamental concepts: Energy, its forms and
- 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
- Understand the importance of renewable energy and its
advantage over the use of fossil fuels
- Fundamentals of energy policy and an introduction to
You will also gain familiarity with reading and writing technical
documentation. Along the way you will learn some related tools, e.g.
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