Solar Resource Assessment and Economics

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Course Description

Are you interested in Solar Energy? Solar Resource Assessment and Economics explores the methods, economic criteria, and meteorological background for assessing the solar resource with respect to project development of solar energy conversion systems for stakeholders in a given locale. It provides students with an in-depth exploration of the physical qualities of the solar resource, estimation of the fractional contributions of irradiance to total demand, and economic assessment of the solar resource. The course utilizes real data sets and resources to provide students context for the drivers, frameworks, and requirements of solar energy evaluation.

This course is part of the following programs: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Systems Degree (RESS), RESS Bioenergy Certificate, RESS Bioenergy Option, RESS Solar Energy Certificate, RESS Solar Energy Option, RESS Sustainability Management Certificate, RESS Sustainability Management Option, RESS Wind Energy Certificate, and RESS Wind Energy Option.

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Frey Brownson

I harken from the Great Plains, West of the Mississippi. I am originally from North Dakota, home of dozens (which I'm told is a lot like Inner Mongolia). Actually, my home town of Grand Forks is a university town about the same size as State College, PA, with a nearby air base, and an internationally recognized aerospace program. I greatly enjoy visual arts and design, but I began my career in science by studying the earth systems around me, in particular geology and environmental chemistry. I trained as a multidisciplinary research scientist, and earned my PhD from the University of Wisconsin--Madison in Environmental Chemistry and Technology developing materials science technologies for environmental applications.