Renewable Energy Sources

WELCOME!!!

This is an introduction to energy conversion and storage with special emphasis on renewable sources. Fundamental energy conversion limits based on physics and existing material properties will be discussed. Various sources such as solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and fuel cells will be described. An analysis of different alternative sources will be performed and key scientific, economical and social roadblocks for large scale implementation will be examined. Finally, the latest research on solar cells and applications of nanotechnology on energy conversion and storage will be introduced.

 

Instructors: Prof. Michael Isaacson and Dr. Oxana Pantchenko

Office: Baskin Engineering, room 237 (MSI); E2, room 239A (OSP)

E-mail: msi@soe.ucsc.edu, oxana@soe.ucsc.edu

Office Hours: tba

Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am - 11:45am at Merrill 102

Teaching Assistants: Dan O'Leary, dan@soe.ucsc.edu

Text:

  • Renewable Energy, Godfrey Boyle, 3rd Edition, 2012
  • Out of Gas, David Goodstein, 2004

 

EE80J Pre-requisites: There aren't any.

EE180J Pre-requisites: Calculus/some differential equations. Enrollment is limited to 50.  Please let us know asap if you need a permission code to register for this course.

 

Laboratory Experiments

This provides an opportunity for students to see how various energy conversion devices work and understand better the advantages and difficulties to harness energy from renewable sources. Most of the experiments are done in groups of two.

Labs meet at Baskin Engineering 302. For more information about your assignment, see the forums.

The week of April 07: 4/10 & 4/12 Lab 1: Greenhouse effect [COMPLETED]

The week of April 14: 4/17 & 4/19 Lab 2: Solar Pathfinder [COMPLETED]

The week of April 21: 4/24 & 4/26 Lab 3: Flywheel [COMPLETED]

The week of April 28: 5/01 & 5/03 Lab 4: Wind Energy [COMPLETED]

The week of May 05: 5/08 & 5/10 Lab 5: Hydroelectricity [COMPLETED]

The week of May 12: 5/15 & 5/17 Lab 6: Concentrating solar power [COMPLETED]

The week of May 19: 5/22 & 5/24 Lab 7: Thermoelectricity [COMPLETED]

The week of May 26: 5/29 & 5/31 Lab 8: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car [COMPLETED]

June 7th, 2013, 12:30PM Lab 1 repeat

 

LECTURE AND HW SCHEDULE (tentative)

4/2/2013 Introduction (by Michael Isaacson) Read Boyle pp. 1-18 & Goodstein pp. 1-40.               

4/4/2013 Energy Overview (by Michael Isaacson)

4/9/2013 Energy Basics, Temperature & Heat (by Oxana Pantchenko)

4/11/2013 Personal Energy Audit (by Oxana Pantchenko)

4/16/2013 Photothermal and Photovoltaics (by Michael Isaacson) Read Boyle pp. 21-70.

4/18/2013 Photothermal and Photovoltaics (by Michael Isaacson) Read Boyle pp. 75-112.

4/23/2013 Bioenergy (by Michael Isaacson) Read Boyle 117-177.

4/25/2013 Local efforts on renewable energies, project formation (by Tiffany Wise-West)  

4/30/2013 Hydrogen, Storage and Nuclear Energy; Team Projects(by Michael Isaacson) Read Goodstein pp. 43-56.

5/2/2013 Midterm (Answer key)

5/7/2013 Class Energy Audit (Dan O'Leary) and PG&E presentation (by Oxana Pantchenko)

5/9/2013  Social aspects of renewable energy (by Ronnie L.) Read Goodstein pp. 56-116.

5/14/2013 Wind Power (by Michael Isaacson)

5/16/2013 Wind Power  and "Out of Gas" discussion (by Oxana Pantchenko) Read Boyle and 297-356.

5/21/2013 Wind Power and Hydroelectricity (by Oxana Pantchenko) Read Boyle pg. 185 - 235

5/23/2013 Tidal Energy (by Oxana Pantchenko) Read Boyle pp. 241-293 & pp. 363-403.

5/28/2013 Wave Energy (by Oxana Pantchenko) Read Boyle pp. 409-456.

5/30/2013 Geothermal Energy and GPS (by Oxana Pantchenko)

6/4/2013 Proposal Presentations (Groups KBSM, ARAT, SAP, AABE, RSST, CMR)

6/6/2013 Proposal Presentations (Groups RTMJJI, DBCI, RFBLRW)

6/11/2013 12:00-3:00PM Final

 

Homework (EE180J Only)

Homework 1, due 4/16/2013

Homework 1 Solutions

Homework 2, due 4/30/2013

Homework 2 Solutions

Homework 3, due 5/9/2013

Homework 3 Solutions

Homework 4, due 5/16/2013

Homework 4 Solutions

Homework 5, due 5/30/3013

Homework 5 Solutions

 

Personal Home Energy Audit (Presentation Link)

Due 4/30/2013 at 10AM in class.

To complete the Questionnaire please click here.

 

Final Projects

EE80J: Write a 10 page proposal on one of the following; (1) Propose a solution to make Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf run on 100% renewable energies under 1 million dollars, (2) Propose a solution to make UC Santa Cruz campus run on 100% renewable energies unter 10 million dollars.  

EE180J: Write a 20 page proposal and present in class on one of the following; (1) Propose a solution to make Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf run on 100% renewable energies under 1 million dollars, (2) Propose a solution to make UC Santa Cruz campus run on 100% renewable energies unter 10 million dollars.  

Proposal Rough Draft: Due May 28th, 2012, in class 

Final Proposal: Due June 6th, 2012 in class

Final Presentations: June 4th & 6th in class.

Guidelines

Wharf Usage

Campus Usage

 

Grading

EE80J Grading:

Midterm (10%)

Personal home energy audit (20%)

Quizzes (10%) (6 top scores)

Labs (30%) (6 top scores)

Group project (30%)

 

EE180J Grading:

Midterm (10%)

Personal home energy audit (20%)

Quizzes (10%) (6 top scores)

Labs (20%) (6 top scores)

Homework (10%) (total 5 assignments)

Group project (20%)

Final (10%)

 

Classroom accommodations information

If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please get an Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and submit it to me in person outside of class (e.g., office hours) within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC at 459-2089 (voice), 459-4806 (TTY), or http://drc.ucsc.edu for more information on the requirements and/or process.


Academic Dishonesty and Cheating

Any confirmed academic dishonesty including but not limited to copying reports or cheating on exams, will result in a no-pass or failing grade. You are encouraged to read the campus policies regarding academic integrity. Examples of cheating include (but are not limited to):

  • Copying results or other information during in-class activities or final.
  • Submitting a report that is not your own work.
  • Using material from internet, books, journals, other people's reports without proper referencing

If there is any question as to whether a given action might be construed as cheating, see me before you engage in any such action.

Instructors and Assistants