||ECEN 4555 (3). Principles of Energy Systems and Devices.
Develops principles underlying electronic, optical and thermal devices, materials
and nanostructures for renewable energy. Course provides a foundation in
statistical thermodynamics, and uses it to analyze the operation and efficiency
limits of devices for photovoltaics, energy storage (batteries and
ultra-capacitors), chemical conversion (fuel cells and engines), solid state
lighting, heat pumps, cooling, and potentially harvesting zero-point energy from
(Meets with ECEN 5555.)
Credits and Design
||3 credit hours. Selected elective course.
Introduction to Probability Theory or consent of instructor.
PHYS 2130, General Physics 3 or PHYS 2170, Foundations of Modern Physics
||Daniel V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics,
Addison-Wesley, 2000, ISBN-13 978-0-201-38027-9.
For students to:
- Understand the thermodynamic principles underlying electronic, optical,
and thermal devices, materials and nanostructures for renewable energy.
- Have a practical foundation for working with renewable energy technology
in the 21st century.
- Understand concepts and efficiency limits for a wide range of energy
After taking this course students will be able to recognize and use
the following concepts, ideas, and/or tools:
- Heat and work, including efficieny limits
for heat engines, chemical processes, and photovoltaics.
- Entropy and equlibrium, including
the thermodynamic definition and the statistical mechanics definition.
- Distribution functions to physical systems,
including Boltzmann, Gibbs, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein distributions.
- Summary of questions that the course will answer
- Brief introduction to probability theory
- Entropy and temperature, thermal equilibrium
- Boltzmann distribution, reversibility
- Thermal radiation and Planck distribution
- Solar spectrum and photovoltaics limits
- Emissivity and absorptivity of surfaces
- Radiant lighting (incandescent, fluorescent, LED)
- Radiant heating
- Greenhouse effect
- Chemical potential and Gibbs distribution, batteries
- Ideal gas
- Heat and work
- Carnot efficiency
- Heat pumps and refrigerators
- Thermoelectric refrigerators
- Fuel cells
- Maxwell's demon, link to information theory
- Distribution functions
- Fermi-Dirac distribution function
- Heat capacity
- Semiconductor statistics
- LEDs and lighting (revisited)
- Bose-Einstein distribution function
Last revised: 05-20-11, PM, ARP.