- Thank you for a great class! Please see the final assignment videos posted below.
- Note that the Lassonde Center offers monthly seed grants. Details here.
- The Lassonde Center is available for use by students. Please take advantage of this resource as you consider building mockups or prototypes for your project. ]
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 a business-canvas analysis and business plan, which will together constitute 30% of the grade. Please note that the College of Engineering policies are available here.
Class meets in WEB 1450 Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:25pm-1:45pm. Note that many of the lectures will be conducted remotely, which means that you can watch the lectures online. Please see schedule below for details.
Office Hours will be by email appointment.
Textbook: There is no single textbook that covers the concepts covered in this course. Therefore, the instructor will provide notes & other resources.
08/25 Introduction to project topics. Lecture notes (PDF). Water pasteurization Basics. Solar-water desalination: MIT Review, Wiki, MIT solar desalination article 1, article 2. Solar refrigeration: Scientific American, Wiki. Daylighting Wiki, Hybrid systems: Renewable Energy World. Daylighting.
09/01 Basic Thermodynamics. Lecture notes (PDF). Wiki on heat engines. Basic Thermodynamics from Khan Academy here. [Remote class] Project teams & topics assigned (see PDF). This lecture will start at 1:10pm and end at ~2:10pm. Classroom is not changed: WEB 1450.
09/15 No class today. Please work on your assignment 1.
09/22 [Assignment 1: Literature review presentations]. Instructions for Assignment 2 are here.
09/27 Fundamental concepts of non-imaging optics (part 2). [Remote class]
10/04 Mid-term review (PDF). [TA lecture]
10/06 Mid-term Exam [TA proctored]
10/11, 10/13 Fall Break
10/18 Radiometry, Photometry. Lecture notes (PDF). Basic video explanation here. LED streetlights are giving neighborhoods the blues article. [Remote class] Teams meet with technical mentors this week.
10/20 Technology Commercialization (Guest lecture: Natan Chetrit, TVC UofU). Lecture notes (PDF).
10/25 Business Model Canvas. Please watch Lectures 0 and 1 on Udacity before class here. Also see Steve Blank’s website here. Printable canvas is available here. A very useful podcast for entrepreneurs is TWIST.
10/27 [Assignment 2: Team innovation presentations]
11/08 Light trapping for photovoltaics [Guest lecture by Dr. James Nagel] Lecture notes (PDF). Teams meet with technical mentors this week.
11/10 Light extraction for LEDs [Guest lecture by Dr. James Nagel] Lecture notes (PDF).
11/15 Anti-reflection coatings. Lecture notes (PDF). Teams meet with commercialization mentors this week or next (Thanksgiving).
11/17 [Assignment 3: Build-out / analysis presentations] Assignment 3 instructions are here: PDF.
11/22 No class today. Please work on your business canvas.
11/24 Thanksgiving break
11/29 Spectrum-splitting. Lecture notes (PDF). [Guest Lecture: Nabil Mohammad] Teams meet with commercialization mentors this week.
12/01 Measurement of photovoltaics. Lecture notes (PDF).
12/08 [Assignment 4: Business Plan / Commercialization presentations] Instructions are here (PDF).