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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Renewable Energy Systems and Design

EEN 34500 / 3 Cr.

This course is designed to introduce the system and design of energy conversion and storage devices for renewable energy sources. Students will first learn about energy sources available on earth including kinetic, solar, and chemical. Next, the course will provide students with a review of the thermodynamic concepts behind energy constant and energy transfer via an energy conversion device. Finally, this course will tie together concepts of solar and biomass renewable energy sources and thermodynamics teaching students about design elements for energy conversion and storage devices, in which renewable energy sources are converted and stored.

Textbooks

Sustainable Energy Systems and Applications, I. Dincer, C. Zamfirescu, Springer, 2011.

Goals
The goals of this course are for students to understand the principles and quantitative frameworks of the various energy conversion and storage devices and to be able to design and analyze energy conversion and storage technology systems including solar cells, wind/water turbines, and chemical/electrochemical conversion devices.
Outcomes
  1. Discuss theoretical considerations of renewable energy sources that include solar energy, kinetic energy (wind and tidal), and chemical energy (nuclear, biomass, and other chemicals).
  2.  Discuss the thermodynamic aspects of energy transfer through the energy conversion device by using the first and second laws of thermodynamics.
  3.  Understand the basic principles of the energy conversion device for renewable energy sources that mainly cover solar, kinetic, and chemical energies.  
  4.  Identify the basic design components and their functions for the selected energy conversion device 
  5.  Use energy conversion principles and basic design components to understand the current energy conversion devices and evaluate their conversion efficiency.   
  6.  Identify ways to store renewable energy sources and understand the basic principles of the energy storage system.  
  7.  Use energy storage principles to perform basic system design and component selection for the selected energy storage device.  
  8.  Discuss practical considerations for energy conversion and storage devices and their respective current challenges and future directions.
Topics

1. Renewable Energy Sources on Earth (2 periods)

a)      Solar

b)      Kinetic (wind and wave)

c)      Chemical (nuclear, hydrogen, and others)

d)     Others

2. Review of Thermodynamics (2 periods)

3. Design Aspects for Energy Conversion Devices

     a)      Solar to Electric (5 periods)

  • Fundamentals
  • Design components
  • Current designs
  • Design challenges and future direction

    b)      Kinetic to Electric (5 periods)

  • Fundamentals
  • Design components
  • Current designs
  • Design challenges and future direction

    c)      Chemicals to Electric (5 periods)

  • Fundamentals
  • Design components
  • Current designs
  • Design challenges and future direction

4. Design Aspect for Energy Storage Devices

    a)      Electrochemical energy storage (3 periods)

  • Fundamentals
  • Design components
  • Current designs
  • Design challenges and future direction

    b)      Kinetic energy storage (3 periods)

  • Fundamentals
  • Design components
  • Current designs
  • Design challenges and future direction

    c)      Thermo-mechanical energy storage (2 periods)

  • Fundamentals
  • Design components
  • Current designs
  • Design challenges and future direction