UC San Diego MAE-119: Introduction to Renewable Energy: Solar and Wind
This course provides upper division science and engineering students with an introduction to the essential elements of renewable energy technologies, as well as the underlying issues of energy demand, its link to human development, and a basic introduction to the physics of climate change and the Earth's carbon balance.
Students will learn about the basic principles of solar radiation—diffuse and direct radiation; elementary solar energy engineering—including both solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies; basic principles of wind dynamics—hydrodynamic laws, wind intermittency, Betz’s law; elementary wind energy engineering; solar and wind energy perspectives; challenges that arise when operating the electrical power grid with significant fractions of renewable energy sources. An introduction to energy storage technologies is also provided and used to provide perspectives on electrochemical storage application to renewable grid integration and ground transportation. The class closes with an examination of technology diffusion, learning curves and projections about near-term and longer-term adoption of renewable energy technologies.
Professor George R. Tynan
Office: 457 EBU-2
Office Hours: Tuesdays 900am-1200 noon
Office Hours: Thursdays
Location: 460C EBU II