This lesson browsed through a number of renewable energy technologies and applications and provided you with some reading sources to understand how those technologies work and what is their current status of development. While we touched on the technical specs of different energy systems, mastering all the science that is behind those technologies would probably require you to take a separate course on each of those. Our goal here is to understand the role of these technologies in sustainable energy development and their potential pros and cons as decision-making factors. This lesson also contained some examples of metric calculations in order to illustrate the scale of technology impact.
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|Reading||Complete all necessary reading assigned in this lesson.|
|Discussion||This is a very obnoxious PR video on one of the emerging solar technologies. Your task will be to watch it with a critical eye and form an unbiased opinion on this technology. In your forum post, discuss the promise of this technology and also indicate what you do not "buy" in this video. Feel free to search additional information to support your argument.
If you want to be truly unbiased, post your opinion first, then read others. Do not forget to comment on your classmates' posts.
Deadline: for initial posting - this Sunday / for replies - Wednesday
Lesson 8 Discussion
Please see more details in the Lesson 8 Activity Sheet posted on Canvas
Lesson 8 Activity
References for Lesson 8:
Alfe, D.; M. J. Gillan; G. D. Price, Thermodynamics from first principles: temperature and composition of the Earth's core" Mineralogical Magazine 67 (1), 113–123 (2003).
Brownson, J.R.S., Solar Energy Conversion Systems, Heliotactit Press, 2014.
Eiffert, P., Kiss, G.J., Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Designs for Commercial and Institutional Structures, NREL, 2000.
IEA Statistics, CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion, International Energy Agency 2015.
Robert, S. and Guariento, N., Building Integrated Photovoltaics. A Handbook, Birkhauser Verlag AG, 2009.
Tegen, S., Lantz, E., Hand, M., Maples, B., Smith, A., and Schwave, P., 2011 Cost of Wind Energy Review, NREL (2011)
US EPA, Biomass Combined Heat and Power Catalog of Technologies, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Combined Heat and Power Partnership, 2007.
Vanek, F.M. and L.D. Albright, Energy Systems Engineering. Evaluation and Implementation, McGraw Hill, 2008.
Kubiszewski, I., Cleveland, C.J., and Endres, P.K., Meta-Analysis of Net Energy Return for Wind Power Systems".Renewable Energy. 35 (1): 218–225 (2010).