Course Number: EE 361-ECE 461

Course Name: Green Power Generation

Course Time: Mondays 6:30 – 9:00

Course Location: BNW TBD

Schedule: 9/11/2017 - 12/18/2017

Final Exam: Team Seminar

Instructor: Jeffrey N. Denenberg

Hours: M – R 1:00-2:00, or by appointment

Office: Bannow 301C

 

Office Phone: 203-254-4000 x3330

Google Voice: 203-513-9427

Email: jdenenberg@fairfield.edu

jeffrey.denenberg@ieee.org

Both emails are checked regularly but use ieee.org when I’m out of my office

This course compares various methods of green power generation including solar power, wind power, water power, and several others .This course covers how power is generated from these sources, the startup costs, the efficiency, and the practicality .These methods are compared to the present most common method of using oil and gas to heat water into steam to turn turbines .The student does not necessarily need a background in engineering and any necessary background material will be covered. Three Credits

Learning Outcomes

No.

Outcome

Cognitive Level

ABET a-k

1

The student will understand society’s need for reliable, inexpensive and environmentally friendly electrical power and how to design a system to provide it.

Knowledge, Application,

& Synthesis

a, c, e, f, h, j, k

2

The student will be able to analyze the impact of power generation systems on the environment.

Analysis

a, e, k

3

The student will be able to compare the economics of utilizing each of the discussed power generation technologies

Application

a, c, e, k

Class Grade Distribution – Will be updated after each exam

Text:   Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, G. Boyle, 3rd Ed. 2012, OUP,
            ISBN: 978-0-19-954533-9
            Class Lecture Notes, Recorded Lectures (current and summer, 2016)

MatLab:

MatLab Student Ed. (The Math Works) – Free to Fairfield students,
Download Instructions
Octave for Windows – an open source MatLab clone
MatLab Tutorial by B. Aliane

References: Linked Videos

Blackboard:

This course uses both the instructor’s web site (http://doctord.webhop.net) and Blackboard to make materials available to the student. Exam Solution keys will be made available on Blackboard after each exam is graded.  Students will also upload their Seminar materials in the Seminar Assignment area.

Grade allocation:   

Exams (2)

67%

Homework/Seminar Topic

33%

Total

100%

 


Course Schedule:

Week

Topic

Homework

Lecture Notes

Videos/References

9/11

Course Introduction - Global Warming

Photovoltaic Generation

Get ahead in your reading/viewing

Seminar Topics


1-PhotovoltaicGeneration.ppt

Swap-Power-Plants-for-Giant-Batteries

NASA on Global Warming,
Mohan-1.1 (First 5 minutes), Solar-Power;
How-Stuff-Works: Solar

9/18

Photovoltaic Generation Economics

Photovoltaic/Fuel Cell Experiment

 

2-PhotovoltaicEconomics.pptx
Pasco Green Power Manual

LoggerPro3_8_6_2 Update File

Solar Panel Cost

Nanoparticles-Solar

Quantum-Dot-Abstract

9/25

Wind Generation

 

3 WindPower.ppt
UK-largest-offshore-wind-farm

Wind-Power

Seminar Topics

10/2

Wind Generation Economics
Seminar 1: Photovoltaics

Review for Exam 1

Homework1

4 WindPower2.pptx

How-Stuff-Works: Wind Power

The Rise of the Personal Power Plant

10/9

Fall Break – No Class

 

 

 

10/16

Seminar 2: Wind Power,
 Review for Exam 1

 

 

 

10/23

Exam 1

 

 

 

10/30

Exam 1 Reprise,
Hydro-Electric Generation

 

 

 

11/6

Hydro-Electric 2,  
Seminar 3

 

5 Hydroelectric.ppt

hoover-dam-and-hydroelectric-power

11/13

Seminar 4:
Geothermal

Homework2

 

6 Geothermal.ppt

 

Geothermal Energy in Iceland

11/20

Nuclear Power Generation, & Disasters,

Seminar 5:

 

7 Nuclear Power.ppt
8 Nuclear Disasters.ppt

Fukushima

11/27

Seminar 6,
Review for Exam 2,

 

 

 

 

12/4

Exam 2

 

 

 

12/11

Exam 2 Reprise
Seminar 7 (if required)

 

 

 

12/17

Seminar 8 (if required)

 

 

 

 


 

CLASS EXPECTATIONS

I. TEACHER

Distribute syllabus.

Review the material described in the syllabus.

Explain material.

Identify alternate reading assignments or books that clarify the material.

Relate material to "real world" situations when possible.

Answer questions.

Be available to discuss problems.

Google Voice:

(203) 513-9427

Email:

jeffrey.denenberg@ieee.org; jdenenberg@fairfield.edu

Home Page:

http://doctord.dyndns.org or http://doctord.webhop.net

Class Office Hours:

Hour before and after class in BNW 301C or BNW GR22

Be receptive to new ideas.

Announce business/class conflicts in advance.

Make up missed classes. Note: I do not cancel classes. We will use Zoom.us to run an on-line session if required.

Prepare and administer exams.

Grade fairly.

Assign appropriate home problems.

Homework policy – reviewed in class, Quizzes

II. STUDENT

Be familiar with the prerequisite material as well as the Computer Tools and Tutorials.

Regularly log into Blackboard to see current announcements.

Ask questions and stay current.

Study the material described in the syllabus. Preferably before it covered in class and do some of the problems with answers in the back of each assigned chapter.

Complete the assigned homework.

Obtain class notes and homework if a class is missed.  View lecture video on that week’s topic(s)

Use the library and the Internet to obtain supplemental material.

Prepare for exams.

Ask for help from me (I have office hours) and/or your fellow students.

III. Disability

If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact: David Ryan-Soderlund at Academic and Disability Support Services (203) 254-4000, x2615, or email drsoderlund@mail.fairfield.edu, and notify the course instructor within the first two weeks of the semester.

IV. Distance Education Students

The course lecture notes and supplementary videos are accessible via links in this syllabus and via Blackboard.  You should submit scanned copied of assigned HW and your Exams via email.  You will receive an invitation to join our discussion just before each class begins. I plan to also hold an interactive session once a week on a scheduled basis to answer questions that may arise.