FE402 Applied Exercises in Renewable Energy
Course description for academic year 2019/2020
Contents and structure
Through a series of lectures and laboratories, the students will gain an understanding for various forms of renewable energy technology: biofuels, solar energy, wind energy, wind resources, electrolysis, and fuel cells. The laboratories will be performed in groups of 3-5, with each group submitting one lab report.
- Learning the basic principles of chemistry, physics, and biology relevant to the technologies: biofuels, solar energy, wind energy, wind resources, electrolysis, and fuel cells.
- Learning how to prepare for and perform scientific laboratories, and report and discuss the results and conclusions in a scientific manner.
- Assemble and use scientific equipment by performing the laboratory exercises.
- Measure and record results in an organized, consistent and clear manner.
- Follow health and safety rules
- Report and communicate complex procedures and results to a broader public.
- Group/team work.
- Produce hydrogen gas by means of electrolysis, and convert the hydrogen gas to electricity with the use of fuel cells.
- Based on historic wind data, determine and discuss the potential for wind energy production.
- In a small-scale wind tunnel, determine the effects of: turbine blade profile, wind turbine blade pitch, and wind turbine solidity on energy production.
- Using PV solar cells, determine the effects that panel orientation and meteorological effects have on energy production. Calculate the direct solar radiation for a specific location and compare this with both actual measured data and commercial software calculations.
- Produce the most common biofuel in Europe (RME biodiesel), and determine the environmental impacts of production.
Recommended previous knowledge
FY400, FE405 and FE407
Compulsory learning activities
Folder, character grading from A-F, where F is failed.
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