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Educational Modules on Solar Energy

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Virtual and Online Learning Tools in Chemical Engineering Education

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Chemical Engineering

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24.450.1 - 24.450.14



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Jason M. Keith Mississippi State University

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Jason M. Keith is Professor and Director of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He also holds the Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr. Chair. Jason has been active in ASEE since 2001. In 2011, he received the Joseph J. Martin Award from ASEE-CHED with his coauthors for the best paper in the chemical engineering division at the 2010 meeting. He also has received the Raymond W. Fahien Award from ASEE-CHED in 2008. Jason currently teaches the graduate level advanced process computations and the undergraduate level process control course.

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Liz Rayfield Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University

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Liz Rayfield is a Junior majoring in Chemical Engineering at Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University. She is also working toward The Environment & Sustainability Certificate at Mississippi State University. She has previously been a coauthor of the publication "Role of the Rostrum in Swimming Performance of Juvenile Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)," published in the American Fisheries Society on the research she did on the swimming capabilities of paddlefish. She is currently a co-op student with The Dow Chemical Company. In the Spring of 2014 she will be conducting bio-fuels research with Dr. French at Mississippi State University after attending the Global Renewable Energy Education Network study abroad in Costa Rica in January 2014. Her research interests include renewable and sustainable energy sources. Her intended undergraduate graduation date is December 2015.

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Niraj Kashinath Palsule Mississippi State University

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Niraj Palsule is a Junior majoring in Chemical Engineering at Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University. He originally hails from India and completed his high school education there itself. He holds a Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate from Stanford Center for Professional Development, Stanford University. His research interests are educational research, market analysis and manufacturing of photovoltaics.

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Educational Modules on Solar EnergyAbstractThis paper describes the development of educational modules which provide a multi-disciplinaryknowledge of solar energy and which can be incorporated in the curriculum of chemicalengineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, among others. Through thesemodules, we have made an effort to provide basic information to students on the economic,technical, and policy based aspects of solar energy. Apart from this, we are working on a moduleon tools which help to simulate the output and finances of solar energy installation. Everymodule contains background information, worked example problems and homework problems.Thus, these modules also act as a compendium of in-class and/or homework problems. Journalarticles, online databases from government websites like NREL and EPA, and books are used asreferences while preparing these modules. Every module is published online at the energymodule website and is easily and openly accessible to anyinterested individual for downloading. They can be used as a teaching aid in any related course.Such usage would help to increase student awareness of and interest in solar energy. Thisresearch takes inspiration from a successful similar project on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology.To date we have developed ten modules:  The Power of Solar  Solar Water Heating  Solar Steam Turbine  Solar Fill Factor  Solar Panel Economics  Policies Related to Residential Solar Energy Usage  Absorber Material Usage  Energy Payback Time  Greenhouse Gas Emissions  Power and Inverters

Keith, J. M., & Rayfield, L., & Palsule, N. K. (2014, June), Educational Modules on Solar Energy Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20341

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