Lesson 14 Assignment 1 - Abram Balloga BEE 3299 Lesson 14...

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Abram Balloga BEE 3299 Lesson 14 Assignment Analyzing a Selected Renewable Energy Technology Your assignment is to select a specific renewable energy resource of your own choice, and one which you have been wanting to dig fairly deeply to understand its characteristics and possibilities. We ask you, for your renewable resource, to: 1. Characterize the renewable resource (might include): a. Define the renewable energy source Solar power refers to energy that can be harvested on earth from the suns rays which fall on its surface. There are a few different ways this is accomplished but each must convert solar radiation energy into an electrical current, a form of energy we can use for basically any purpose. Solar power is concentrated Solar power is by far the Earth's most available energy source, easily capable of providing many times the total current energy demand. However, it is an intermittent energy source , meaning that it needs to be backed up by wind power and pumped-storage hydroelectricity . There tends to be more wind power available in winter and more solar power in summer, making wind power and solar power somewhat complementary. Sunlight can be converted into electricity using photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP), and various experimental technologies. PV has mainly been used to power small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to off-grid homes powered by a photovoltaic array . For large-scale generation, CSP plants like SEGS have been the norm but recently multi-megawatt PV plants are becoming common. Completed in 2007, the 14 MW power station in Clark County , Nevada and the 20 MW site in Beneixama, Spain are characteristic of the trend toward larger photovoltaic power stations in the US and Europe, and much larger ones are proposed, such as the 600 MW Rancho Cielo Solar Farm . [1] Covering 4% of the world's desert area with photovoltaics could supply all of the world's electricity. The Gobi Desert alone could supply 20 times the world's total energy demand. [2] b. Provide a brief background 2. Photovoltaics 3. Main article: Photovoltaics
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Lesson 14 Assignment 1 - Abram Balloga BEE 3299 Lesson 14...

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