Envmt 21 (24506) Solar and Sustainable Energy Options Spring 2010
SYLLABUS: Bruce Douglas, P.E., Robin Freeman M.A. 434-3840 email@example.com
Meeting times: 6 Thursdays: 6:30pm – 9:20pm AND 5 Weekend days: 9am – 4pm.
Grading and other Policies for this course: The course is available for a letter grade or credit/non-credit for those who are not using it for a certificate or degree, but you must designate Cr/NC on line at the beginning of the course. 80% Class and lab participation is required for credit and completion of assignments is required for a letter grade. You will provide a class evaluation at the last class and suggest your grade based on your assignments and participation.
See next page for reading assignments:
Final Project: Goal: to show your thought about addressing SCALE GAPS to achieve sustainable solutions. Groups: 2 or more people. Product: prepare and present a 5 minute proposal. Your proposal must SYNTHESIZE the technical details learned in this course and LINK you, the Environmental Program at Merritt, Government, Industry, and the Global picture. 3 hours of class time will be used for final project work time.
Introductions, About this course, what is the final project?
The Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies (ISPS) theme.
Scale, the power grid and the power structure.
Saturday 4/17 Reading #1 due today.
Sun’s motions: Solar pathfinding
Infrared radiation & greenhouse effect
Solar cooking demo
Basic Electricity, photovoltaics (PV)
PV system components and set up
PV economics, payback, ROI
Thursday 4/22 PV questions due.
Energy and society: Philosophy, Policy and Economics.
Mapping student & staff travel
Saturday 4/24 Reading #2 due today.
Electric Vehicles and Boats: Concepts, Physics of motion, power, and energy.
Motors, Controllers, Batteries, Transmission, Equipment selection
Energy: Sources / Impacts, Conservation, No to Nuclear
Light the Spectrum and Wave behavior
Thursday 5/6 EV questions due.
Transportation issues: Planning, Affordability of living, Locality.
Student personal energy picture.
Electric Vehicle lab: concepts review, electric vehicle designing and building. Field visits.
Water Resources & Systems, water and energy, watersheds, water conservation.
Sunday 5/16 Reading #3 due today.
Solar Hot Water
Solar Hot Water lab.: Hands-on with SRH water systems.
Thursday 5/20 Solar DHW questions due.
Final Project Presentation
Reading/Research #1 due 4/17:
Excerpts from: Photovoltaics-Design & Installation Manual, SEI 2004. This is posted on the GreenBuildingDesign Yahoo Group. To join this group go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=greenbuildingdesign
Reading / Research #2 due 4/24:
Reading / Research #3 due 5/16: