EECE SeminarLecture 3

EECE SeminarLecture 3 - EECE Seminar 1 Professor Professor...

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rofessor Charles Westgate EECE Seminar 1 Professor Charles Westgate Lecture 3: Batteries, energy storage, Smart Grid
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Outline of today’s lecture c A few words about fuel cells c Some brief advice c Battery technology c Why it is important? hat are the challenges? c What are the challenges? c What are the alternatives?
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Fuel Cells c The most recent issue of the ASEE Prism has a nice article about fuel cells. c A decision by the US Government was recently made to focus resources on electric vehicles and battery technology c Reasons: - Infrastructure for fuel cells too far in the future c Fuel cell technology is not mature and not cost effective c May not be advantages over plug-in vehicles c Questions c Do fuel cell and plug-in cars offer a cleaner environment? c Does the infrastructure of plug-in vehicles exist? c What are the limitations of batteries c Is there a future for fuel cells
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What do you have to say for yourself? c During interviews for internships or other positions, you are expected to provide a resume. The interviewer will want to know what have you done that is interesting (or that reflects an active and inquiring person?) o you have any leadership or team experience? c Do you have any leadership or team experience? c Can you speak and write well (can you communicate an idea or concept clearly?) c How would you go about dealing with these questions? c What is interesting about you?
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Batteries and power storage c At first, this would not seem to be an advanced topic– batteries have been available for many years. c However, electric vehicles, solar cells, laptops, and handheld devices communication and entertainment devices have generated great interest in battery technology. c What are the important issues? ze and weight c Size and weight c Cost c Lifetime c Capacity c Ease of charging (and charging times) c Safety c Ability to recycle c Alternatives? c Other issues?
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General Comment c Energy is an ideal topic to illustrate the increasing complexity that you will encounter in your careers. c These issues are complex because they involve so many competing technologies and because the problems are not well understood (or there are many unknowns) c Often, such problems are approached using Systems Engineering principles and techniques where engineers attempt to integrate aspects of a complex system and try to optimize performance, reduce costs, etc. c
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