Renewable Energy: The Science, State of the Art, and Future of Renewables

Solar and Wind Explained

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Why do grid-scale wind turbines have three blades? What can we learn from plants to improve photovoltaic solar panels? How did five US states source at least 20% of their electricity from wind in 2016? Which country manufactures two-thirds of the world’s solar panels and nearly half of the world’s wind turbines?

In this course for those 50 and above we will discuss the resource potentials, utilization statistics, scientific principles, technological advancements, and future outlooks for renewables. We’ll brainstorm what factors could bring about a future of ubiquitous and permanent energy supplies. Participants will gain resources and insights to help understand the rapid changes of renewable energy.

Instructor Will LePage, is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at U-M, will teach this study group in 90 minute sessions on Wednesdays from October 4 through November 8.
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University Commons, 817 Asa Gray Dr.

October 2017

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10:00am - 11:30am

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