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Education & Workforce Development

The Delaware Energy Institute strives to engage and inspire future generations on the essential topics of energy use and conservation. Our education and workforce development activities focus on teaching and enhancing critical workforce skills, arming individuals with the knowledge and know-how needed to succeed in an energy-dependent world.

Listed below are the numerous energy-related offerings and resources available at the University of Delaware.

ECON 320 - Energy Economics

Uses economic theory to examine the operation and efficiency of energy markets. Topics include regulation, energy efficiency and emission control, and public policies affecting energy markets.

ELEG 303 - Electricity from Sunlight

Introduction to generating electricity with solar energy, such as the photovoltaic system on the University Field House. Course content is directed to non-electrical engineering undergraduate students. Students pursuing degrees in the basic sciences, business, accounting, education and other engineering fields would all benefit.

ELEG 415 - Electric Power and Renewable Energy Systems

Introduction to electric power systems and interfaces with renewable energy sources. Covers electric power generation, transmission, distribution; residential, commercial, and industrial systems; components, operation, losses, metering and load management.

ELEG 437 - Energy Systems

Energy flows are examined in our society including all sources, conversions and conversion efficiencies, and end uses. Both existing and alternative energy sources are presented, especially with regard to total resource availability. Thermodynamics of conversion efficiency is covered, as well as efficiency measures available in end use.

ELEG 628 - Solar Energy Technology and Application

This course will take the student from understanding the photovoltaic (PV) effect in a p-n junction solar cell all the way to the impact of gigawatts of power on our grid. Students will understand the critical issues in photovoltaic (PV) research, manufacturing, cost, performance and deployment. We learn how to calculate how much energy is harvested at a given location for different module configurations and how light leads to the generation of current and voltage in a solar cell.  The design, processing and manufacturing of various PV cell and module technologies is covered in detail. Students will learn to design and analyze off-grid and grid-connected systems. The economics and integration challenges residential, commercial and centralized PV power systems are discussed. The class has a lab where students apply the basic concepts of parallel and series circuits and solar modules, impact of module tilt and temperature, and battery charging. Class is open to Engineering seniors and graduate students.

ENEP 117 - Science, Society and Energy

Basic science and societal issues related to energy production process and effects of their uses. Topics include ethics of energy production and uses, scientific principals that govern production and use of energy, environmental issues related to the use of energy, e.g., global warming, acid rain.

ENEP 250 - Introduction to Energy Policy

Introduces field of energy policy and provides a review of the role of social, economic, political, and environmental factors in shaping the energy sector. Surveys policy, technical and economic assessments of key energy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world and the appropriate policy mechanisms to implement these options.

ENEP 425 - Energy Policy and Administration

Analyzes energy use and energy policy with respect to politics, society, economics, political economy, technology, resources, and environment. Focuses on interrelationships among energy, environment, economy and equity (E4). It considers the energy policy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world.

ENEP 427 - Sustainable Energy: Economics and Policy Analysis

Examines existing policy responses to climate change, alongside opportunities for a redirected political economy to achieve energy and environmental conditions with meaningful CO2 reductions. Specific attention given to possibilities and limits of scientific knowledge and technology in galvanizing social change.

ENEP 460 - Financial Analysis for Sustainable Energy

Interest in sustainable energy options has grown with their wider adoption. For large-scale deployment, sustainable energy options should be financially attractive. Teach students how to conduct financial analysis for sustainable energy to quantify benefits and associated costs. Covers primary financial evaluation methods. Study time value of money, cash flow equivalence, cost-benefit analysis, before and after tax cash flow, rate of return analysis and Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE). Learn how to use renewable energy performance and financial modeling tools and will be able to evaluate impact of policies on their financial performance.

ENEP 468 - Research in Energy and Environment

Examines advanced research concepts, methods and findings in the fields of energy and environment. Explores topics in support of student research with a focus on sustainability issues in Northern and Southern countries.

ENEP 470 - Readings in Energy and Environment

Explores a range of concepts, issues and phenomena associated with energy and environmental policy. Allows student and instructor to interact dynamically in crafting a readings list building upon the student’s interest in given topics. Successful completion of course should allow student to prepare a research paper summarizing key material and analyzing its substantive relevance to thematic concerns in the student’s plan of study.

ENEP 485 - Senior Seminar in Energy and Environmental Policy

Expose ENEP students to the wide range of work that is being done on local, national and global levels related to Energy and Environment as well as to make students aware of the work and events that are happening on the UD campus in this area. Invited speakers will cover a vast range of topics including presentations on soft energy pathways, the conscious and unconscious effects on the environment and their mitigation strategies, Anthropocene to anthropocentricity, Buddhist Physics and Buddhist Economics, etc.

ENSC 370 - Energy on Earth

Reviews all energy types available on Earth (including coal, petroleum, natural gas, nuclear, geothermal, hydro, wind, solar, wave, tidal, and biomass), energy sources and end uses, energy resource assessments, energy conversions, energy system impacts on the environment, and future energy scenarios.

GEOG 236 - Conservation: Global Issues

Introduces the global nature of resources management and discusses the relationships between population growth, the market economy, agricultural production and mineral and energy exploitation, worldwide.

GEOG 413 - Meteorological processes for wind energy

Explores the fundamental concepts of meteorology that are needed to understand onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy. Topics include: forces affecting winds; terrain and land-use effects; air turbulence; numerical modeling; wind power and energy from turbines; and wind measurement technologies.

MAST 413 - Meteorological processes for wind energy

Explores the fundamental concepts of meteorology that are needed to understand onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy. Topics include: forces affecting winds; terrain and land-use effects; air turbulence; numerical modeling; wind power and energy from turbines; and wind measurement technologies.

MAST 439 - Renewable Energy & Climate: Law, Regulation and Environment

Introduction to US laws and regulations pertaining to greenhouse gases and the generation, transmission, and integration of renewable energy into the electrical, transportation and building heat systems. Explores judicial opinions but also considers technical and scientific sources.

MAST 480 - Renewable Energy and Climate: Law, Regulation and Environment

Introduction to US laws and regulations pertaining to greenhouse gases and the generation, transmission, and integration of renewable energy into the electrical, transportation and building heat systems. Explores judicial opinions but also considers technical and scientific sources.

MSEG 470 - Solar Energy

Considers the basics of solar energy utilization. Emphasis on photovoltaic systems, including inorganic and organic based systems, as well as hybrid solar cells, followed by consideration of passive and active usage such as solar thermal power.

PHYS 143 - Energy Technology and Society

Basic principles of physics are applied to discuss forms of energy (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical and nuclear), and how energy is derived from sources such as coal, petroleum, solar, nuclear fission and fusion. Environmental consequences of energy use are treated.

SCEN 119 - Transforming Solar Energy

Lab- and project- focused exploration of solar energy and its uses. Biology, chemistry and physics concepts are introduced in context, leading to critical analysis of efficiency and economics of different technologies.

UAPP 425 - Energy Policy and Administration

Analyzes energy use and energy policy with respect to politics, society, economics, political economy, technology, resources, and environment. Focuses on interrelationships among energy, environment, economy and equity (E4). It considers the energy policy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world.

Graduate Certificate in Composites Manufacturing & Engineering

Design rules for composite materials are fundamentally different than for traditional materials, with the engineer tailoring the material structure at the micro- and nano-scales to achieve the desired mechanical and physical properties. This program is intended to provide the practicing engineer a strong foundation in the processing-structure-property relations in advanced fiber composites. The University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials and Department of Mechanical Engineering are internationally recognized as leaders in composites research and education.

MEEG617 – Composite Materials, taught by Dr. Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites.

MEEG655 – Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.

MEEG656 – Practical Composites Manufacturing (3 credits).  Couples lectures with hands-on exercises using CCM’s Composites Design Software (CDS).  Detailed videos and lecture materials showing all aspects of composite manufacturing, from performing to final manufacturing and finishing, connect theory to practice.

MEEG657 – Experimental Characterization of Composites for Manufacturing (3 credits).  Explains key concepts and elements of composites manufacturing processes, technologies and systems. An online-only course where lectures are coupled with detailed videos of manufacturing processes and exercises with simulation software to connect theory to practice.  Creation of a “virtual laboratory” for composites characterization where thermoplastic and thermoset composite systems are fully characterized using advanced thermal analysis and mechanical/physical characterization techniques emphasizing manufacturing influences on composite properties.

Graduate Certificate in Composite Materials

This online graduate certificate program is designed for engineering and science professionals who are new to the field of composite materials or wish to expand their knowledge of composite materials.

MEEG616—Composite Materials Structures, taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, provides an introduction to composite materials; anisotropic elasticity and laminate theory; plates and panels of composite materials; beams, columns and rods; composite material shell structures; energy methods; strength and failure theories; adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening; hygrothermal effects; stress analysis, buckling, vibrations and impact.

MEEG617 – Composite Materials, taught by Dr. Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites. ONLINE.

MEEG655 – Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.  ONLINE.

MEEG811–Sandwich Structures (3 credits), taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, studies composite and isotropic sandwich structures for stresses, deformations, buckling loads, natural frequencies and dynamic response under mechanical and environmental loads, involving honeycomb, solid, foam, web and truss core sandwich comprising beam, plate, ring and shell structures. Design and minimum weight optimization are treated.

MEEG818–Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures I (3 credits), taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, examines the theory of plates from three-dimensional equations of elasticity. Small deflection analysis of rectangular and circular plates; thermoelastic effects; analysis of orthotropic plates, multilayered plates and sandwich panels; Green’s functions; energy methods; Reissner variational theorem for plates of moderate thickness; and large deflections of plates are other topics discussed. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.

MEEG819–Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures II (3 credits)* Dr. Jack R. Vinson covers the general theory of thin shells from three-dimensional equations of elasticity; shells of revolution under axially symmetric loads; asymmetric loads; thermoelastic effects; general bending theory, membrane theory, inextensional theory; Donnell equations; edge load solutions; orthotropic shells; laminated shells. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.

*MEEG818 is not a prerequisite to this course.

Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science Engineering and Policy

The Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science Engineering and Policy is an interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Courses are taught by faculty from Marine Policy, Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Geography. The program is designed to give a broad understanding of the wind energy industry from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The emphasis is on offshore wind power, however, most courses apply equally to wind power either on land, in the ocean, or airborne. The certificate may be taken in conjunction with a graduate degree in a traditional discipline or as a stand-alone program. More information on the graduate certificate program can be found below and in the program brochure.

The Graduate Certificate is designed for three types of students:

  • Students considering or already accepted in a graduate UD program looking for formal recognition of their wind power expertise
  • For students focused on one specific area of wind power research it provides coverage of related areas allowing for improved understanding of interacting systems
  • Working professionals, who need to understand more about the wind industry, to more effectively do their jobs or seek advancement.

Renewable Energy Engineering and Policy Certificate

The REEP-CERT requires satisfactory completion of three (3) graduate level courses (9 credits) as detailed below. No REEP-CERT courses can be counted toward both this certificate and any other graduate certificate program. Each certificate program course must be completed with a grade no lower than B-; the overall GPA of the REEP-CERT courses must be no lower than 3.0.

Graduate Certificate in Minerals, Materials and Society

The MMS graduate certificate program is targeted to mid-career energy and extractives industry professionals, government officials and other civil servants, economists and scientists, and non-profit, museum and jewelry industry professionals. This graduate certificate is a core educational deliverable of a broader research and training portfolio spanning the program. The curriculum leverages a range of available resources and networks including UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOC); College of Arts and Sciences (CAS); College of Engineering; the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics; UD Center for Material Cultural Studies; the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration; UD’s Special Collections and Museums; and the affiliated Winterthur Museum, among other resources.

The core curriculum offers online and on-campus delivery options as well as research partnerships with several international universities. The program approaches the topic from an interdisciplinary and industrial ecology perspective with attention to key skills needed to evaluate the environmental and social impacts of the sector.

MMS Graduate Certificate Highlights:

  • 15 credits
  • Complete in 18 – 24 months
  • Majority of classes offered online
  • Some electives offered as on-campus, remote, regular 3 credit or 1 – 2 week intensive classes during summer and winter sessions
  • Experiential field study/laboratory modules focusing on mining and extractives policy and sustainability issues offered with several international universities, including Australia’s University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute and Russia’s National University of Science and Technology MISIS

The University of Delaware offers environmentally-related degree programs at all levels from baccalaureate through doctorate, with many options for majors, minors, concentrations and programs. Use the links below to explore specific degree programs and departmental offerings with an emphasis on sustainability and/or environmental themes.

MINORS:

Sustainable Energy Technology Minor

Energy and Environmental Policy Minor

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS:

Environmental Science - Energy and Environment Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy - Energy, Science and Technology Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy 4+1 (BS/MS)

Energy and Environmental Policy - Energy, Environment and Society Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy - Energy, Economics and Public Policy Concentration (BS)

GRAUDATE DEGREE PROGRAMS:

Center for Composite Materials

CCM educates engineers, conducts basic research, and provides prompt technology transfer for the composites community. Dedicated to advancing composites science and technology, the Center seeks to attract the best and brightest students and researchers in the field. Affiliated students earn degrees from all of the departments in the College of Engineering (chemical, mechanical, civil, electrical and materials science) as well as other university departments such as physics, business, and chemistry. More than 100 students are currently affiliated with CCM, and 2,000+ alumni are working in the various sectors of the composites industry, conducting research in government labs, or teaching at academic institutions throughout the world.

For over 40 years, CCM has collaborated with well over 250 international companies through consortium membership or contracts and grants. Collaborating companies include materials suppliers and end users in the aerospace, automotive, civil infrastructure, marine, and durable goods industries. In addition, during the past three decades, CCM has been home to six NSF/DoD Centers of Excellence.

Institute for Energy Conversion

The Institute of Energy Conversion is a research facility with a strong emphasis on graduate student training and education. Since 2010 we have provided training to over 40 PhD and Master level students. Students can conduct their research at IEC under the guidance of one or more Professional Staff members using unique equipment and facilities available at IEC supplemented by other facilities on campus. The IEC does not directly accept graduate students nor award degrees.

Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy

Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy

Other Environmental Degree programs

Energy Seminars

THE POWER OF REACTOR ENGINEERING TO PROGRAM POLYMERIZATION AND DEPOLYMERIZATION OUTCOMES

October 14 | 11:00 AM - 11:000 AM (EST) | ISE Lab 305 or Zoom 
Asst. Prof. Damien Guironnet, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ABSTRACT
Advances in polymerization techniques have enabled the synthesis of polymers with precise composition, architecture and molecular weight. My group has further extended the diversity of polymer structure achievable by these techniques through the implementation of reactor engineering principles. We pioneered two concepts where polymers with any programable shape or molecular weight distribution can be synthesized starting from a simple pen-and-paper drawing of the targeted product.

We recently implemented a reactor engineering strategy to perform the selective depolymerization of polyethylene into propylene. By performing two catalytic reactions in tandem in a flow reactor, we established that polyethylene can be converted into propylene with high selectivity and high conversion. The precision and predictability achieved during our polymerization and depolymerization studies reside in the integration of reactor engineering principles, and advanced chemistry..

BIOGRAPHY
Damien Guironnet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Chemistry. He joined Illinois in 2014 from BASF Corporation where he worked as a senior research scientist. At Illinois, his research focuses on the development of catalytic polymerization techniques to achieve precise control over polymer composition and architecture. They implement sophisticated reactor engineering strategies to design and automate the synthesis of tailor-made polymers.

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ELECTRICITY FROM HEAT & LIGHT WITH THERMOPHOVOLTAIC & THERMORADIATIVE CELLS

September 30 | 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM (EST) | Zoom 
Prof. Eric Tervo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

ABSTRACT
Solid-state heat engines offer several advantages over their traditional mechanical counterparts via compact size, quiet operation, no moving parts, and scalability. However, current commercial devices such as thermoelectrics suffer from low efficiency and challenges to further improvements. In this seminar, a different class of solid-state heat engines that utilize thermal radiation will be described. These include thermophotovoltaics, where photons from a thermal emitter are converted to electricity by a photovoltaic cell, and thermoradiative devices, where thermally driven radiative recombination in a hot photovoltaic cell provides useful electric power. Recent results for these devices will be presented, including novel modeling techniques, epitaxial semiconductor growth, and the fabrication and testing of record-performance devices.

BIOGRAPHY
Eric Tervo is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on developing semiconductor materials and devices for energy conversion and thermal management. Prior to joining UW-Madison, he was the Nozik Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he designed, fabricated, and characterized thermal energy conversion devices including thermophotovoltaic cells and thermoradiative cells. Dr. Tervo completed his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he developed theoretical and computational methods to study thermal radiation in nanoscale materials. He also worked as an engineer at Southwest Research Institute, where he conducted fluid dynamics research for oil and gas industry applications.

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INNOVATING ENERGY SOLUTIONS IN A NET-ZERO FUTURE

September 9 | 10:00 AM (EST) | 102 CLB & Zoom 
Prasanna Joshi, Vice President, Exxon Mobile Technology and Engineering Company

ABSTRACT
Energy is essential for human development and improving living standards around the world. Society faces a challenge to provide reliable and affordable energy to meet the needs of growing population, while reducing environmental impacts, including the risks of climate change. Progress on society’s energy and climate objectives requires practical approaches and new technology solutions that enable human development and economic progress. ExxonMobil established its Low Carbon Solutions business in early 2021 focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and biofuels leveraging our core capabilities in technology, scale, integration and people. This presentation will provide an overview of ExxonMobil’s approach to technology development, as well as where we are focusing our resources. The presentation will also highlight key technologies that we are developing in the areas of CCS, Hydrogen and Biofuels.

BIOGRAPHY
Prasanna Joshi joined Exxon in 1998 as a research engineer at Exxon Research and Development Labs in Baton Rouge, LA, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware. He progressed through several technical leadership roles in Process and Modeling research in Baton Rouge and Paulsboro, NJ, before assuming the role of Section Head of Process Modeling, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, in Clinton, NJ, in 2007. In 2008, Prasanna became the Planning Advisor, supporting the President of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in Fairfax, VA. In 2010, he was appointed Asia Pacific Regional Advisor for ExxonMobil Supply & Transportation Company. In 2013, he was named Modeling and Scale-up Technology Director, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, in Clinton, NJ. In June 2015, Prasanna was appointed Global Marketing Manager for the Intermediates business, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, in Spring, TX. In August 2018, he was named Global Sales Director for the Specialty Elastomer business and was based in Shanghai, China. In April 2020, Prasanna became the Corporate Strategic Research Manager in R&D before assuming his current position in April 2022. He is based in Clinton, NJ. Prasanna has served on the advisory board of the United Way of Hunterdon County, the Chemical Reaction Engineering Division of AIChE and the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI) at the University of Delaware. Prasanna received his MBA with a major in Finance from Tulane University in 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai in 1994.

ZOOM INFORMATION
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THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF RESOURCES AND ENERGY IN THE U.S.-AUSTRALIA ALLIANCE

May 24, 2022 | 12:25 PM (EST) | Pearson 218 & Zoom 
Dr. Robert Perrons, Queensland University of Technology

ABSTRACT
The U.S. and Australia have enjoyed a solid relationship for many years, but shifts in the marketplace and recent geopolitical events have made this alliance more important than ever. In this talk, I will explain the important role that Australia’s resource and energy industries play in the global economy, and will show that the two countries’ symbiotic relationship will almost certainly strengthen in the years ahead.

BIOGRAPHY
Prof. Robert Perrons is visiting the University of Delaware’s Department of Geography and Spatial Science as a Fulbright Scholar until July 2022. Before joining the faculty at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia in 2011, Rob worked in a variety of roles and locations for Shell International’s Exploration and Production division, and served as the company’s Executive Coordinator of Global Research & Development at the company’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Rob holds a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, a Master’s in technology and policy from MIT, and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. For more information and contact details, please visit www.perrons.net.

ZOOM INFORMATION
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INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY OF THE GREEN ENERGY TRANSITION: EVALUATING MATERIAL OPTIONS (Dartmouth Energy Collaborative)

May 17, 2022 | 12:15 PM (EST) | Online Only
Dr. Saleem H. All, Chair of the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Delaware

ABSTRACT
Transitioning away from fossil fuels to green energy options will necessitate new infrastructure investments which have become a source of intensely polarized policy debates. There are, however, ways of evaluating the net impacts of various transition technologies and their requisite infrastructure from a systems perspective. This presentation will present some of these methods and how they can be applied using recent research which has compared metal sourcing from terrestrial mining to deep sea mining deposits as well as a range of circular economy options. The recent executive orders by the Biden Administration related to critical metals sourcing domestically and the growing tensions with China's dominance in the sector will also be discussed.

BIOGRAPHY
Professor Saleem H. Ali is Chair of the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware where he also directs the Minerals, Materials and Society Program. He is also Honorary Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia and a Senior fellow at Columbia University's Center on Sustainable Investment. He is a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel and the Scientific and Technical Advisor Panel of the Global Environment Facility.

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PROBABILISTIC MODELING OF RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION: MEASURING RISK IN DAILY GRID OPERATIONS (UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency)

APR 21, 2022 | 4:00PM (PACIFIC TIME) | 1010 Henley Hall & Zoom
Dr. Michael Ludkovski, Professor, Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, UC Santa Barbara

ABSTRACT
On many days, California now generates more than half of our electricity from renewable energy sources, especially solar and wind farms. Renewables are intrinsically weather-driven, introducing major new uncertainties into the daily balancing of grid load and power generation. Large deviations between forecasted and realized renewable production are frequent and impose significant additional cost on running the grid. I will discuss statistical frameworks for quantifying these costs, and our ongoing work on developing risk allocation methods for fairly ascribing these costs to market participants. To do so, I will review probabilistic forecasting of power generation, and then move to the recently developed stochastic simulation platform for generating hourly joint scenarios across hundreds of renewable assets. I will conclude with our initial results on risk allocation and the relative riskiness of different asset types.

BIOGRAPHY
Mike Ludkovski is Professor and Chair at the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at University of California Santa Barbara where he co-directs the Center for Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Research. Among his research interests are renewable energy markets, stochastic control, and longevity modeling. His work is supported by multiple NSF grants and the ARPA-E PERFORM program. He has worked in the area of stochastic models for energy and commodity markets for 15+ years, including co-editing a Springer volume on “Commodities, Energy and Environmental Finance”. This summer he will be lecturing on this topic at the SIAM Gene Golub Summer School in L'Aquila, Italy.

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K-12 Opportunities

Getting K-12 students excited about energy can be done by scheduling a tour of our facilities, including hands-on learning in a variety of energy related fields.

Contact us for more information on K-12 opportunities for students.