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new EGN3.   Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (3)
Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
Lecture: Monday 3:00 – 4:50PM, MER8
Lab: Wednesday 3:00 – 5:50PM, MER8
Semesters offered: Fall 2012
Instructor: Dr. Melissa Hornstein
Syllabus
Textbooks:
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air Reinventing Fire

Suggested reading:
An introduction to engineering through green, renewable, sustainable, and environmental technology. The course will focus on renewable and alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and fuel cells. Technological opportunities for improving end-use energy efficiency.

Renewable energy

Week Date Class material* Homework (due at following lecture)**
1 Monday, August 20, 2012 Review of syllabus
Introduction to energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Update email address on PAWS
  • Acquire a copy of each textbook and a lab notebook.
  • Read Lovins Chapter 1: Defossilizing Fuels
  • Read MacKay Chapter 1: Motivations
  • When you're finished, send me an email with your name stating that you read the chapters.
  • Bring in your recent electric, gas, and/or oil bills so you can use real numbers for your household’s energy consumption for the carbon footprint lab.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Pre-survey
Review of journaling in a laboratory notebook
Carbon footprint lab
2 Monday, August 27, 2012 Energy efficiency: transportation #1
  • Watch Stanford Energy Efficiency Lectures: Transportation
  • Read Lovins Chapter 2: Transportation
  • When you're finished, send me a brief email stating you completed your assignment, which includes your name, and a list of the chapters/videos you read/completed.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Lab pre-questionnaire/Read Global Warming
Greenhouse effect lab
Lab post-questionnaire
3 Monday, September 3, 2012 No class - Labor Day
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Lab pre-questionnaire/Read hydrogen fuel cell handout
Hydrogen fuel cell car lab
Lab post-questionnaire
4 Monday, September 10, 2012 Energy efficiency: transportation #2
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Energy efficiency (lightbulb) lab
5 Monday, September 17, 2012 Energy efficiency: buildings #1
  • Watch Stanford Energy Efficiency Lectures: Buildings
  • Read Lovins Chapter 3: Buildings
  • When you're finished, send me a brief email stating you completed your assignment, which includes your name, and a list of the chapters/videos you read/completed.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Personal energy audit workshop
Home energy audit handout
Personal energy audit report (hard copy) is due October 10 at the start of class.
6 Monday, September 24, 2012 Grade report
Energy efficiency: buildings #2
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Solar pathfinder lab
  • Lab pre-questionnaire
  • Watch solar pathfinder videos
  • Read handouts and look up the magnetic declination
  • Cut out three sunpath diagrams
  • Setup the pathfinder in the classroom
  • Go outside and set up the solar pathfinder in three locations: a) Amphitheater, b) Sidewalk south of Merrill Hall, c) Sidewalk north of Merrill Hall
  • Solar pathfinder lab
  • Lab post-questionnaire
Before the lab, read How the Solar Pathfinder works, the Solar Pathfinder manual, and watch the Solar Pathfinder videos: description and overview.
7 Monday, October 1, 2012 Energy efficiency: industry
  • Watch Stanford Energy Efficiency Lectures: Industry
  • Read Lovins Chapter 4: Industry
  • When you're finished, send me a brief email stating you completed your assignment, which includes your name, and a list of the chapters/videos you read/completed.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Thermoelectric effect lab
  • Lab pre-questionnaire
  • Read handout
  • Discussion of Seebeck and Peltier effects
  • Watch UCSC lab videos
  • Thermoelectric effect lab
  • Lab post-questionnaire
8 Monday, October 8, 2012 Energy efficiency: electricity
  • Read Lovins Chapter 5: Electricity
  • When you're finished, send me a brief email stating you completed your assignment, which includes your name, and a list of the chapters you completed.
  • Come to lab prepared with at least ONE idea for a plan on integrating sustainability and energy efficiency into your community or at Hartnell that you are passionate about!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Group project proposal workshop
Example final proposal #1 Example final proposal #2
  • Personal energy audit due at the start of class.
  • Return Kill-a-Watt meter.
9 Monday, October 15, 2012 Product Life Cycle Analysis/Assessment
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Packaging lab
  • Read "Cradle-to-Cradle"
10 Monday, October 22, 2012 Biomass
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Biofuels lab
  • Lab pre-questionnaire
  • Lab post-questionnaire
11 Monday, October 29, 2012 Wind
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Wind turbine energy generation lab Group project outline is due today.
12 Monday, November 5, 2012 Energy storage, fluctuations and intermittency, and the hydrogen economy
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Wind turbine site selection lab
Guest speaker Ms. Tiffany Wise-West of UCSC
13 Monday, November 12, 2012 No class - Veteran's Day
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Solar concentrator lab
Guest speaker Dr. Oxana Pantchenko of UCSC
14 Monday, November 19, 2012 Grade report
Solar energy
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Flywheel laboratory experiment
  • Pre-lab questionnaire
  • Post-lab questionnaire
15 Monday, November 26, 2012 Hydroelectricity, geothermal, wave, and tide energy Group project rough draft is due today.
By 3:00pm, you must turn in:
  • one paper copy of almost final report per group
  • one electronic copy of almost final report per group
  • one electronic copy of Powerpoint presentation per group
You will be peer-evaluated by this rubric on Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Peer-evaluation of group project presentations (rough version)
  • Review of rough draft peer grading rubric
  • Sign out iPads
  • Water Recycling Cistern at Hartnell College Parking Garage doc ppt
  • Passive House doc ppt
  • Pocket House doc ppt
  • Energy Efficiency Retrofit of Rancho Cielo doc ppt
  • Carbon Sequestration and Mobile Solar Panels in Agricultural Fields doc ppt
  • Sign in iPads
16 Monday, December 3, 2012 Economics of sustainability
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Hydroelectric laboratory experiment
  • Pre-lab questionnaire
  • Post-lab questionnaire
17 Monday, December 10, 2012 Energy predictions, Plan A, and Plan B
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Group project workshop
18 Monday, December 17, 2012 No class - Final exam week
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 No class - Final exam week
Friday, December 21, 2012 Final exam: 3:00-6:00pm, MER8
Final project proposal is due.
Final project presentation will be made of approx. 15 min. per group.
By 2:50pm, you must turn in:
The final projects...
  • Hartnell Water Conservation and Save a Tree Project doc ppt
  • Passive House: An example for sustainable living at the Hartnell College Alisal Campus doc ppt
  • The Pocket House: A Sustainable 12 x 12 x 16 ft home located at the Hartnell Alisal Campus doc ppt
  • Rancho Cielo Renewable and Sustainable Energy Retrofitting Project doc ppt
  • Water Recycling Cistern at Hartnell College Parking Garage doc ppt
Exit survey
*This is only a tentative schedule which is subject to change as time progresses.
**Homework will be assigned on the date of the lecture.