Course Description

This is an engineering introduction to renewable energy technologies and potentials. The course aims to introduce a general engineering/science audience to the basic concepts of renewable energy.

Topics to be Covered

  • Solar Energy
  • Ocean Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Geothermal Energy

In the interest of time some mathematical criteria will be covered, e.g. Betz limit for wind, limit of WEC point absorber. Each lecture contains several examples from real world applications and in-progress industrial developments.

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Instructor: Mohammed-Reza Alam - MIT & Resolute Marine Energy Inc
Prereq: None
Lecture: TR11-12:30 Bechtel Hall (1-390)
TA: Alec Marshall

Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Lecture Reviews:

Lecture 1: An Introduction to Energy  (Lecture 1 video*)
* Due to technical issues lecture 1 has a lower sound/picture quality than the rest of videos.
Lecture 2 : Solar Thermal Energy  (Lecture 2 video)

Lecture 3: Solar Photovoltaic
  (Lecture 3 video)

Lecture 4: Wind Energy
  (Lecture 4 video)

Lecture 5: Ocean Energy (Lecture 5 video)

Lecture 6: Geothermal Energy   (Lecture 6 video)



Contact: Mohammad-Reza Alam, 5-333, (617) 253-6807,

The course is hosted by Professor Dick K.P. Yue
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering

Last updated 28th January  2009