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Energy Technology and Natural Resources I

Prof. Yoshitaka Okada


     Today's energy industry is dominated by fossil fuels and some nuclear power generation. However, the need for sustainable energy sources and also to reduce greenhouse gas emission will necessitate a move to renewable technologies over time.

    The objective of this course is to understand different energy generating technologies such as fossil and nuclear power plants and also the emerging renewable sources. Harvesting energy from the sun is most promising.

    We will cover the fundamental thermodynamic foundations of energy conversion, the operation of solar cells and associated semiconductor physics including concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) and concentrating solar thermal (CSP) methods as means of solar energy conversion, and additionally, wind and wave power generation. Some examples of current and future energy projects in EU, Asia and USA will also be covered.



Advanced thermodynamics of energy conversion

Conventional power generation technologies

Solar energy

Operation of solar cells and semiconductor physics

Concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) and solar thermal (CSP) technologies

Wind and wave power generation

Examples of current and future energy projects around the globe

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