Sustainable Energy - SOLA1070

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School:  School of the Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Students will be introduced to the concept of energy in its different forms
through a range of lectures and demonstrations. These demonstrations will
also introduce the concepts of energy storage, energy efficiency, energy
conversion and sustainability. An overview is given of issues surrounding
sustainable energy for future generations. The status and impact of present
day sources of energy are covered, including the sustainability of fossil
fuel reserves and the impact of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions on
the environment. Energy efficiency, as an important way to conserve our
natural fuel reserves and reduce environmental and financial costs, is
covered. Building design, appliance efficiency and other issues related to
the smart and efficient use of energy are covered. Trends in the renewable
energy industry are considered. An overview is given of renewable energy
sources, their harnessing and their conversion into electricity via various
technologies. In particular, an overview is given of solar cells and their
applications with emphasis on visual presentations and interesting case
histories, including some fascinating mistakes and disasters. Students will
also explore the design and fabrication of silicon solar cells while working
as engineers on the "Virtual Solar Cell Production Line". Occasional
lectures will be given by guest lecturers.


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