EE80J, Spring 2015, Section 01: EE80J/180J: Renewable Energy Sources

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.


Prof. Michael Isaacson


Baskin Engineering, room 237


Office Hours:


Yu Yahagi: Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, BE215

William A. Crawford III: Mondays 2:00pm-3:00pm, E2 244


MWF 9:30-10:40am  at Merrill 102

Teaching Assistants:

Course Coordinator:


Renewable Energy, Godfrey Boyle, 3rd Edition, 2012

EE80J Pre-requisites:

There aren't any.

EE180J Pre-requisites:

Calculus/some differential equations. Enrollment is limited.  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.

Lab Information