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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

 

ETME470 Alternative Energy Applications

Fall 2013 Schedule

 

Instructor: R. Larson

Students are responsible for the content in Reading and Homework Assignments ONE WEEK after the posting date, unless otherwise specified. SOME ot the Homework will be graded, some will not be graded. In either case, students are encouraged to complete all assignments in order to fully understand the material, and to enable successful QUIZ completion.

 

WEEK OF…

 

Monday Class Activities, Notes

Wednesday Class Activities, Notes

Assignments

 

Laboratory

8/26/2013

 

Introduction: Course Organization and Business: Lab Procedures and activities:

Energy Issues: Renewable and Alternative Energy

 

 

Homework 1 - Due 9/4/2013


Assigned 8/26/2013 - Individual Assignment: Locate three web-links to pertinent energy or alternative energy topics, articles, issues, or on-line resources. Submit via D2L drop box.

 

Submit this assignment as a WORD document in business memorandum format. In addition to the links, write and submit a concise, professional quality summary of important information contained in each of your three internet references.

 

Reading: Renewable Energy, Chapter 1

 


No formal Lab Meeting This Week

 

LABS BEGIN WEEK 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAB REPORT FORMATTING NOTES:
 

 

9/2/2013

 

Labor Day Holiday

No Class

The Grid: Electrical Distribution Issues; Central and distributed generation discussion. Power quality, issues.

Homework #2 solution - Due September 11 prior to beginning of class. We'll spend most of the lecture reviewing student submissions and discussing transmission issues.

Electrical Generation History: Read this article 

  Lab 1 Procedures Handout

9/9/2013

 

 

Electrical Grid Wrap up Discussion

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Intro to Wind Energy

"20% by 2030 Model"

Transmission in-class discussion and review of HW#2 findings.

 

Wind Energy Introduction, Making the case for WIND:

Begin Resource Characterization, Evaluation

Homework #3 Solution - Due September 18 prior to beginning of class.

Reading: Renewable Energy, Chapter 7 "Wind Energy"
(More materials to follow in form of on-line PDFs, handouts, exercises, etc.)


Side Note: As discussed in lecture #1, the text is not organized in the same sequence as class  topics - therefore we will jump  to pertinent sections. Feel free to read other chapters as well!

  Lab 2 Anemometer Calibration

9/16/2013

 

 

Wind Energy Resource  Evaluation Site Selection

Wind Energy: 
Resource Issues: Variability and Statistics.
Power Calculations

 

Required Reading: Manwell, J.F. - Ch 2: Available as PDF Posted on the D2L site. Please focus on elements supporting homework, as referenced on the assignment linked below.

HOMEWORK #4 Solution,
Due Wednesday 9/25/3013 prior to beginning of class.

Also - see the extensive list of new links and recommended reading,
provided on the course D2L site!

  Lab 3 Windographer

9/23/2013

 

 

Wind Turbine Power Calculations examples,  

Wind Turbine Designs, Architecture,  Performance

Structural and Dynamic considerations

 

Required Reading: Manwell, J.F. - Ch 3: Available as PDF Posted on the D2L site.

Wednesday Quiz on HW topics: Rayleigh Distributions, Power predictions versus resource.

Homework #5 solutions
Due Wednesday 10/2/3013 prior to beginning of class.

Also, Check out this NREL Publication,
WIND RESOURCE ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK

  No LAB EXERCISE

9/30/2013

 

Airfoils, Blade   Design Fundamentals. Testing and Failures.

Large versus Small & Community-scale Wind Systems, Small Turbine Certification, Implementation.

 

Homework #6 - Due Wednesday 10-9-2013   Lab 4 Wind Turbine Performance

10/7/2013

 

Ancillary Issues  - Social, Political, Environmental

 

Wind Energy Wrap-up:

Test 1 preview

TEST #1
 
INCLUSIVE OF ALL SUBJECTS COVERED TO DATE

Reading: Renewable Energy, Chapter 2 - Solar Thermal Energy , and Chapter 3: Solar Photovoltaics

  NO LAB THIS WEEK: Career Fair Thursday October 10th, 9-3, SUB Ballrooms

10/14/2013

 

Introduction to SOLAR Energy and Photovoltaic Systems

Solar Power

 

Introduction to SOLAR Energy and Photovoltaic Systems

Silicon Solar Cells Design and Performance

 

Review Renewable Energy, Chapter 3.

Homework #  7 - Due Wednesday, 10--23-2013

  Lab 5 PV System Performance Part 1

10/21/2013

 

SOLAR Energy:
Photovoltaic Systems

 

Photovoltaic System Components and Performance Resources and Reading:

http://solartribune.com/solar-thermal-power/

http://gosolarguide.com/blog/solar-thermal-vs-photovoltaic-systems/

http://www.solar-rating.org/facts/system_ratings.html

http://www.solar-rating.org/facts/collector_ratings.html

 

Homework 8 - Due Wednesday 10-30 2013

  Lab 6 PV System Performance Part 2

10/28/2013

 

Solar Thermal Systems Intro

 

Solar Thermal Systems

 

No Homework Specified:

Review READING assignments including Solar Rating systems, Textbook Coverage of Solar Thermal and Photovoltaics, and Laboratory Experiment Procedures including both automated (Labview) and manual methods.

  Lab7 PV System Performance Part 3

Link to Lab 7a Data (for section 03 groups, unable to complete this part of the test due to facility issues.)

11/4/2013

  Solar Power Wrap-up
Test  2 preview


Test  2
Focus on subjects covered since Test 1

Reading: Renewable Energy, Chapter 5 - Hydroelectricity and
Chapter 6 - Tidal Power

  No Lab Scheduled this week.

Lab 7 results & writeups due NEXT week, Thursday  11/14/2013

11/11/2013

 


 

Veterans Day Holiday

No Class
 

 


 

Hydroelectric and Micro-Hydro Systems: Intro 
Sorry that I had to miss class Wednesday due to the flu bug.
See you tomorrow for the Goldwind wind farm tour.  Meet behind EPS at 12:00 noon.

RL

 

Goldwind Wind Farm Tour
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This tour will occupy the entire afternoon of November 14th: We'll plan on a 12:00 Noon departure from MSU, and we should be back in Bozeman around 6:30 PM. I will poll the class to determine headcount, PLEASE check  with instructors of any classes you might miss in advance. Thanks.

11/18/2013  


 

Guest Lecture on Tidal and Marine Hydrokinetics - Dr. Erick Johnson

 

Hydroelectric and Micro-Hydro Systems Reading: See Hydro Power handout posted on D2L

Homework 9 - Due by 5:00 PM Tuesday 11/26/2013

  NO LAB THIS WEEK:

11/25/2013

 

NO Class Meeting Today: but please read and digest the Fuel Cell Lecture Notes available on D2L
 

Hydrogen  Energy

 

Fuel Cells

Thanksgiving Holiday

No Class

Reading: See Fuel Cell Lecture Notes posted on D2L



Enjoy Turkey Day, and if traveling please BE SAFE!

   

12/2/2013

 

Fuel Cell Wrapup:

 

Bio-Energy

 

Biomass, Bio-fuels, etc.


Bio-Energy Wrap-up

Climate Discussion, CO2 Drivers

Course Wrap-up

Final Preview

COURSE EVALUATIONS

Reading: Renewable Energy, Chapter 4 - Bio-Energy
Review Fuel Cell notes on D2L
  Engineering Design Fair THURSDAY: Lab exercise involves  attendance of the Design Fair.

LAB 8 ASSIGNMENT:
 

12/9/2011

 

FINAL EXAM -
4:00 - 5:50 PM Thursday December 12, per
Registrar's Official Schedule.

COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE INCLUDES ALL CLASS SUBJECTS, INCLUDING
MATERIAL FROM CLASS MEETINGS, TOURS, LECTURES,  LABORATORY, READING, & HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.

   

Note: This is a PRELIMINARY schedule and may be modified at the discretion of the instructor.

 


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