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Objectives: In this class, we will study the exciting intersection of optics and the engineering challenges associated with generation, distribution and utilization of energy with the specific goal of generating novel ideas and business plans for commercialization. Technically, we will cover the basics of non-imaging optics, which will allow us to apply these basics to the design of solar concentrators and other light collectors. We will also study the science and engineering of sunlight measurement, strategies of light management for solar cells, design of solar cookers, solar hot-water systems, day-lighting, resource recycling, etc.
Grading: There will be one mid-term quiz comprising 30% of the grade. The rest of the grade will be based upon team projects. There will be 4 team presentations (each constituting 10% of the grade). Finally, each team must complete an application to the CU Cleantech New Business Challenge, which will constitute 30% of the grade.
Class meets in WEB 1460 Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:25pm-1:45pm. Note that last 30 minutes of most thursday classes will be devoted to project brainstorm, design, and prototyping.
Office Hours will be by email appointment.
Textbook: Notes and other resources will be provided.
08/28 Introduction to project topics. Lecture notes (PDF). Water pasteurization Basics. Solar-water desalination: MIT Review, Wiki. Solar refrigeration: Scientific American, Wiki. Daylighting Wiki, Hybrid systems: Renewable Energy World. Daylighting.
09/11 Introduction to geometrical optics (contd.)
09/25 [Assignment 1: Literature review presentations]
09/30 Fundamental concepts of non-imaging optics. Lecture notes (PDF).
10/02 Fundamental concepts of non-imaging optics (contd.).
10/09 Mid-term review (PDF).
10/14, 10/16 Fall Break
10/23 Technology Commercialization (Guest lecture: James Thomson, TVC UofU). Lecture notes (PDF).
10/30 [Assignment 2: Team idea presentations]
11/06 Review of solar cells (guest lecture by Liz Lund)
11/11 Light trapping for photovoltaics (guest lecture by Dr. James Nagel)
11/13 Light extraction for LEDs (guest lecture by Dr. James Nagel)
11/18 Anti-reflection coatings. Lecture notes (PDF).
11/20 Spectrum-splitting. Lecture notes (PDF).
11/25 [Assignment 3: Build-out / analysis presentations] Assignment 4 instructions are here.
11/27 Thanksgiving break
12/04 Measurement of photovoltaics.
12/09 Concentrated Photovoltaics.
12/11 [Assignment 4: Business Plan / Commercialization presentations]