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This course looks at the operating principle of a range of non-conventional energy resources, materials used, characterization, and key performance characteristics. The technologies looked at will include, Solar energy, Wind, Batteries, Fuel cells, and Geothermal conversion. The advantages and limitations of these technologies in comparison to conventional sources of energy will also be examined.

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Topics

1.

Scale of quantities, Impact of current energy usage, Conventional sources of energy

2.

Overview of non-conventional energy resources, Consumption by sector

3.

Solar energy incident on earth, solar spectrum

4.

Overview of solar energy technologies, Solar Thermal devices

5.

Solar Photovoltaic devices, Performance and durability of solar devices

6.

Wind energy, technology and geographical aspects

7.

Geothermal and Biomass

8.

Battery basics, types

9.

Testing, performance of batteries

10.

Fuel cell types, Fuel processing, concept to product.

11.

Characterization and durability of fuel cells

12.

Flywheels and supercapacitors

Course will be accessible to most students who have completed their first two years of study at an Undergraduate level.


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