This course is an introduction to renewable energy from an Earth science perspective, covering the physical principles of power generation from natural energy flows and the transformation, transmission, and storage of energy on the electrical grid, as well as topics from energy markets and utilization. We focus on hydroelectric, wind, solar, geothermal, wave, and tidal energy, along with modern bioenergy. For comparison, we also briefly cover the conventional energy technology of fossil fuels and nuclear power. We discuss each renewable- energy resource, including the advantages, disadvantages, and environmental impacts of its accompanying technology. The course is quantitative with bi-weekly problem sets. Students are expected to gain theoretical and practical knowledge of renewable energy.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (E&ES)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
(optional) Renewable Energy Engineering, by Nicholas Jenkins and Janaka Ekanayake, 2017, Cambridge U Press. All required material will be covered in posted lecture slides.
Purchase of the textbook is not required. All required material will be covered in posted lecture slides
|Examinations and Assignments: |
5 total, due every two weeks, posted on Monday and due Friday of the next week, 50% of grade: midterm 20% of grade: final exam 30% of grade
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
High-school physics, chemistry, and mathematics is expected, a prior college-level science class is highly recommended. Optional weekly study sessions will be at a time and location TBA. Optional field trips, if conditions allow, to renewable energy sites in Connecticut.
|Instructor(s): Oristaglio,Michael Louis Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: SCIE405; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 38||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 17||GRAD: 3||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 10||FR: 3|
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