EE80J, Spring 2013, Section 01: renewable energy.ee80j/180j

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 (OP)


Office Hours: tba

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

Teaching Assistants: Dan O'Leary,


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