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Week 1[edit | edit source]

Day 1[edit | edit source]

Orientation

Day 2[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Introductions, Syllabus design, What is energy, types of RE

  • Find and record a photo and location of an example RE from Spain
  • Bring two other types/examples of RE from reading on Appropedia
  • Find a credible number for the back-of-the-envelope equation from class

Day 3[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Energy and power, units, significant figures, powers of 10, conversions

  • Make a userpage on Appropedia
  • Find energy portfolio information for Spain
  • Convert 122x1012 kWh/yr to a rate of energy use in quads/yr
  • Photo, video or description of 1 N and .1kWh (make it physical)
  • Read Power and energy basics
  • Do sig fig tutorial (optional)

Day 4[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Microhydro background, measuring stride and head

  • Calculate max power from the creek

Day 5[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Microhydro calculations

  • Calculate net power from the creek using 3inch pipe
  • Find and record a photo and location of another example RE from Spain
  • Read Microhydro and follow some of the links
    • Ignore the difference between 5310 and 5302. We will be using 5310 gal*ft/(min*kW)
  • Bring two more other types/examples of RE from reading on Appropedia

Week 2[edit | edit source]

Day 1[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Solar basics

  • Finish estimate
  • Find US and Spain average daily household electric use
  • Explore research topics, come with a research plan for tomorrow

Day 2[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: More solar details, Solar in Spain and solar thermal electric

  • Start research project. 1st Final Draft due Monday.

Excel[edit | edit source]

Complete the following two tutorials (without actually printing):

Criteria:

  • Fantastic - two pdfs zipped together that each look just like the link tutorial results.
  • More than satisfactory - xls instead of pdf and looks exactly like the tutorial results OR pdf and looks mostly like the tutorial results.
  • Satisfactory - xls instead of pdf and looks exactly like the tutorial results AND pdf and looks mostly like the tutorial results. Not zipped.
  • Less than satisfactory - an attempt that looks like excel and a chart.
  • Not satisfactory - an attempt that does not look like the results of using a spreadsheet program.
  • Zero - not submitted.

Day 3[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Global consumption sources, past, present and future

  • Energy in 1 cubic foot of natural gas,
  • Cheat sheet

Day 4[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Biodigestors (with Alex Eaton from IRRI)


Day 5[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Combustion and midterm

  • Finish research paper and post to Appropedia

Week 3[edit | edit source]

Day 1[edit | edit source]

Topics Covered: Andrew Lamb from Engineers Without Borders UK discusses many of the RE projects that EWB UK works on.

Day 2[edit | edit source]

Topics Covered: Wind.

Day 3[edit | edit source]

Topics Covered: Wind.

Day 4[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Synthesis

Day 5[edit | edit source]

Topics covered: Presentation of final quiz, final research paper, group project result and conclusions.

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