EME 812
Utility Solar Power and Concentration

Summary and Activities

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Summary and Activities

Readings and activities within this lesson give you a general perspective of this course and set the context without yet addressing the specific science of the main solar energy conversion technologies. Here, we try to figure out what aspects and what impacts would be important when the systems are scaled up to the utility level. One of the key metrics for technology assessment is conversion efficiency; so, we started to explore that concept to some extent.

Lesson 1 Assignments
Type Description / Instructions
Reading Complete all necessary reading assigned in this lesson.
Discussion  Discussion Forum "Environmental Impact of Solar Power" 
  • Read the review article Hernandez, R.R. et al., Environmental Impacts of Utility Scale Solar Energy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 29, 766 (2014) in section 1.4 of this lesson.
  • Choose one beneficial and one adverse environmental impact of the utility scale solar energy development that you believe are most important. Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Express your opinion in ~200-word post on the Lesson #1 Discussion Forum.
  • Comment on at least two other posts (choose those not yet commented upon). Respond to all comments to your post.
Reading Quiz Complete the Lesson 1 Quiz.

References for Lesson 1

Crabtree, G.W. and Lewis, N.S., Solar Energy Conversion, Physics Today, 60(3), 37 (2007).

Duffie, J.A. and Beckman, W.A., Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, John Wiley & Sons 2013.