Renewable Energy: List of Presentation Topics – Winter 2011/2012
Textbook: Green Electricity, K. Haven, Libraries Unlimitted, 2011. The page numbers refer to this book.
Engineering graduate student English course at University of Fukui, Japan. Teacher: E. Hitzer.
(M=Mechanical Engineering, P = Applied Physics, pres = presentation link, video = video link)
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/ 1. Solar Thermal Electricity, p. 27
/ 2. Solar Photovoltaic Energy, p. 36
2.1 How efficient modern solar cells work.   P pres | M pres | P video | M video
2.2 How are solar cells used world wide in 2011?   M pres | M video
2.3 What can be done to increase the use of solar cells in Japan?  P pres | M pres
/ 3. Wind Turbines, p. 41
3.1 Explain the components of a modern wind turbine.   P pres | P video | M pres + Component Movie | M video
3.2 How are wind turbines used world wide in 2011?   M pres
3.3 What are the best locations for wind turbines in Japan. Give reasons.   P pres | M pres
/ 4. Fuel Cells, p. 56
4.1 How does a modern fuel cell work?   P pres | M pres
4.2 Describe the properties, prices and makers of the three best fuel cells currently available in Japan.   P pres | M pres
4.3 Explain the best methods of storing hydrogen.   P pres | M pres
/ 5. Geothermal Energy, p. 62
5.1 How can geothermal energy be used for electricity generation?   P pres | P video | M pres
5.2 What potential has Japan for using geothermal energy?   P pres | P video | M pres
5.3 What can Japan do to increase the use of geothermal energy in the future?   P pres | M pres
/ 6. Hydroelectric Energy, p. 68
6.1 The current use of hydroelectric energy in Japan.   M pres | FAQ
6.2 What can be done to increase small scale hydroelectric power in Japan?   P pres | M pres | FAQ
6.3 Explain how a pump storage system works.   P pres | P video | FAQ
/ 7. Ocean Wave Energy, p. 78
7.1 Explain in detail the design of an ocean wave energy power plant.   P pres
7.2 Overview of the main ocean wave energy projects worldwide.   P pres | M pres | FAQ
7.3 How is ocean wave energy nowadays used in Japan (and Asia)?   M pres + Movie | FAQ
/ 8. Ocean Tidal Energy, p. 84
8.1 Explain what is ocean tidal energy and how it can be used.   P video | M pres | FAQ
8.2 Which company is world leader in ocean tidal energy conversion to electricity? Explain their main product.   M pres + Movie | FAQ
8.3 Explain the research into ocean tidal energy in Japan, and how it is used in Japan.   M pres + Movie | FAQ
/ 9. Ocean Current Energy, p. 89
9.1 Explain what is ocean current energy and how it can be used.   P pres | M pres | FAQ
9.2 Explain the major ocean currents around Japan and estimate how much electric energy they can deliver in one year.   M pres | M video | FAQ
9.3 Explain the research into ocean current energy in Japan, and how it is used in Japan.   M pres | FAQ
/ 10. Municipal Solid Waste, p. 95
10.1 Explain what is municipal solid waste and how it should be processed.   M pres | FAQ
10.2 Explain the advantages and disadvantages of converting municipal solid waste to electric energy.   M pres | FAQ
10.3 How much municipal solid waste is there in Fukui City, in Fukui Prefecture, and in all of Japan? How much energy can be made from it? What is the best method?
/ 11. Bio Crop Waste, p. 100
11.1 Explain what is bio crop waste and how it can be used.   M pres | FAQ
11.2 Explain the advantages and disadvantages of converting bio crop waste to electric energy.   M pres | FAQ
11.3 How much bio crop waste is there in Fukui Prefecture, and in all of Japan? How much energy can be made from it? What is the best method?   M pres | M video | FAQ
/ 12. Energy Crops, p. 105
12.1 Explain what are energy crops and how they can be used.   M pres | M video | FAQ
12.2 Explain the advantages and disadvantages of converting energy crops to electric energy.   M video | FAQ
12.3 Which countries are the main producers of energy crops? What plants do they use? What intermediate products (ethanol, etc.) do they make from it, and in what quantities? What percentage do they export?   M pres | FAQ
/ 13. Electrical Cogeneration, p. 125
13.1 What is electrical cogeneration and how does it work?   M pres | FAQ
13.2 Explain the advantages and disadvantages of electrical cogeneration.   M video | FAQ
13.3 Explain the current situation of electrical cogeneration in Japan and the future potential of this technology for Japan.   M pres | FAQ
/ 14. Energy Recapture, p. 130
14.1 What is energy recapture and how does it work?   M pres | M video | FAQ
14.2 Try to “design” (make suggestions) for an energy recapture system for the University of Fukui. Describe its components and estimate how much energy it could generate (recapture).   M video | FAQ
14.3 What energy recapture technologies would work best in Japan? How much energy could Japan generate (recapture) in this way in one year?   M pres
/ 15. Energy Conservation, p. 146


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