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10333 Physics of Sustainable Energy

Danish title:

Fysikken i vedvarende energi

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Point( ECTS )

5

Course type:

MSc
Technological specialization course, MSc. Eng., Physics and Nanotechnology
Technological specialization course, MSc. Eng., Sustainable Energy

Schedule:

E4B (fri 8-12)

Location:

Campus Lyngby

Scope and form:

Lectures, assignments, journal club.

Duration of Course:

13 weeks

Date of examination:

E4B, and after agreement

Type of assessment:

Aid:

Evaluation:

Qualified Prerequisites:

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General course objectives:

To give the student insight into the physics behind different sustainable energy technologies for energy harvesting, storage and conversion, and their limitations determined by the laws of nature.

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • List the possible sources of sustainable energy the amount of energy available in them.
  • Describe the climate models and identify the assumptions behind.
  • Explain the principles behind different energy harvesting methods.
  • List different methods for energy storage and explain the principles behind.
  • List different methods for energy conversion and explain the principles behind.
  • Estimate and calculate the limitations of e.g. storage capacity and energy conversion efficiency based on the physical principles .
  • Critically read, understand and explain current literature to a level where you can present a selected paper
  • Formulate our own project related to sustainable energy and determine the relevant data for tha analysis.

Content:

The course will provide an overview of energy situation, energy sources and demand. Go into detail with solar spectrum, climate, harvesting of solar energy, photo synthesis, fuel/energy conversion and energy storage. For understanding the principles behind we will apply elements of quantum mechanics, thermo dynamics, classical mechanics, material science, semi conductor physics and surface science

CourseLiterature:

Environmental Physics by Egbert Boeker and Rienk van Grondelle, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-99780-3.

Green challenge participation:

Please contact the teacher for information on whether this course gives the student the opportunity to prepare a project that may participate in DTU´s Study Conference on sustainability, climate technology, and the environment (GRØN DYST). More infor http://www.groendyst.dtu.dk/english

Responsible:

Jan Rossmeisl , Building 307, room 245, Ph. (+45) 4525 3166 , Jan.Rossmeisl@fysik.dtu.dk
Ib Chorkendorff , Building 312, room 179, Ph. (+45) 4525 3170 , Ibchork@fysik.dtu.dk

Department:

10 Department of Physics

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Last updated: 29. april, 2014