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1 Energy 101 A discussion of how much, reality checks, and what were doing about it Mickey R. Wilhelm, Ph.D., P.E. Dean

2 DEFINITIONS Watt = equivalent to 1 joule (J) of energy per secondjouleenergysecond 1 joule = 1 newton × 1 meter = 1 watt × 1 second –In terms of mechanical energy, one watt is the rate at which work is done when an object is moved at a speed of one meter (3.28 ft.) per second against a force of one newton (0.225 lbs).newton –By the definitions of electric potential (volt) and current (ampere), work is done at a rate of one watt when one ampere flows through a potential difference of one voltvoltampere Kilowatt = 1,000 watts Megawatt = 1,000,000 watts Gigawatt = 1,000,000,000 watts Terawatt = 1,000,000,000,000 watts Petawatt = 1,000,000,000,000,000 watts

3 DEFINITIONS Non-renewable energy sources –Energy sources that are depleted as they are used, e.g., coal, oil and natural gas Renewable energy sources –Energy sources that are continually replenished, e.g., water, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass sources

4 How is energy used? Rate of World Energy Usage (Terawatts)

5 How is energy used? Global Energy Usage in Detail 91% non-renewable sources

6 Use of the 16 TW by sector

7 Where does energy come from? Most of the worlds energy resources come from the suns rays hitting the earth –Some solar energy has been preserved as fossil energy (i.e., non-renewable) –Some solar energy is directly or indirectly useable, e.g., via solar, wind, hydro or wave power (i.e., renewable)

8 Where does energy come from? ~ 89 PW of solar energy is received by the earths surface in a year

9 How does the energy future look? It depends upon whom you ask! Fossil fuels and non-renewable energy sources are under attack –Politics (Climate change, carbon footprints, cap & trade, green energy, subsidies) –Economics (International competitiveness, product costs, OPEC, automotive market) –Technology (clean coal power plants, carbon sequestration, fuel efficient vehicles, energy efficiency, conservation, waste disposal)

10 Renewable Energy Sources Hydropower Wind power Solar power Geothermal power Biomass power

11 Hydropower Water is the most common renewable source of energy in the US today Hydroelectricity accounts for about 7% of the electricity used in the nation Small or micro-hydroelectric power systems can produce enough electricity for a home, farm or ranch Recreation opportunities Cheap electricity attracts heavy industry Can generate energy at night and in winter

12 Hydropower Water can never generate all of the electricity needed in the US Locations limited to available rivers and competition for other uses of those rivers Environmental concerns (down/upstream flooding, fish migration)

13 Wind power Wind power currently supplies about 1% of US electricity needs, but capacity is expanding – in fact, its the fastest growing energy technology Produces electricity without producing pollution Must be located in the areas of the US with the strongest winds, Alaska, western US and the Appalachians Can generate energy at night and in winter Can be sea-based

14 Wind power Wind cannot be expected to supply all of the US electrical needs Turbines can lead to wildlife deaths, especially birds and bats Ice forms on blades in winter and can come dislodged resulting in injury or death of humans or animals

15 Solar power Solar technologies use the suns energy to provide heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling for homes, businesses and industry Solar power provides less than 1% of US energy needs

16 Solar power Solar cells can only operate in daylight Expensive equipment needed to convert DC to AC Electricity from solar cells is more than twice as expensive as electricity from fossil fuels Clouds and winter weather are big problems for solar cells

17 Geothermal power Uses the natural sources of heat inside the earth to produce heat or electricity Uses steam or hot water from underground Produces few emissions and power is continuously available Geothermal plant at the Geysers, CA

18 Geothermal power Use is efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly Currently meets less than 1% of US power needs Geothermal reservoirs are most prevalent in the western US

19 Biomass power Energy from plants and plant-derived materials such as food crops, grassy and woody plants, residues from agriculture and forestry, and the organic component of municipal and industrial wastes It is the second most important source of renewable energy in the U.S.

20 Biomass power Used for direct heating, biopower, and production of biofuels Biofuels are liquid fuels produced from plants: two most common types are ethanol and biodiesel Ethanol is an alcohol produced in the US mainly from corn Research is underway to convert cellulose (agricultural waste, forest residue, municipal waste, and energy crops) to ethanol

21 Biomass power Ethanol is a fuel additive for vehicles to increase octane and reduce CO 2 Biodiesel is made by processing vegetable oil, animal fat, or recycled cooking grease with alcohol or other chemicals Biodiesel can be used as an additive (typically 20%) to reduce vehicle emissions, or in its pure form, as a renewable alternative fuel for diesel engines

22 Biomass power Factory farming of biomass crops can reduce biodiversity and negatively impact wildlife habitat Municipal solid waste may contain toxins which can cause pollution if used as a biomass feedstock Use of corn and other food grain for biofuel production can increase food prices Ethanol is hygroscopic – cant be piped Biodiesel can congeal at freezing temperatures

23 So what? More energy from the sun strikes the earth in two hours (~ 20 TW) than all of the energy currently consumed on our planet in an entire year (~16 TW) We need something like solar house paint or solar carpet that is cheap, efficient and installable by individual home owners in order to capture this energy on an appreciable scale Advances in nanotechnology offer some promise in this and similar research arenas

24 Kentucky Comprehensive Energy Plan Released by Governor on Nov. 20, 2008 Seven strategies –Improve energy efficiency of homes, buildings, industries and transportation –Increase Kentuckys use of renewable energy –Sustainably grow Kentuckys production of biofuels –Develop a coal to liquids industry –Implement a major coal to gas effort –Initiate aggressive carbon capture/sequestration –Examine the use of nuclear power for electricity

25 Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship (CCRERES) On January 26, 2009, the Governor announced that the Commonwealth of KY will enter into a MOA with the University of Louisville for establishing a new center focused on renewable energy research The new center will compliment the coal-focused energy center in Lexington (Center for Applied Energy Research)

26 The Conn Center gift Henry and Rebecca Conn pledged $20+ M gift It is a deferred gift and will be realized in few years The gift will enable hiring of several eminent scientists, engineers and students at UofL

27 Impact on Kentuckys goals for energy independence The Conn Centers mission will help with the following goals of KYs energy plan. Improve the energy efficiency of Kentuckys homes, buildings, industries and transportation fleet. Increase Kentuckys use of renewable energy. Sustainably grow Kentuckys production of biofuels.

28 Initial phase (first two years) Offices/labs will be located in Ernst Hall – Funds for renovation [currently underway] come from UofL (~$1M) Support for initial operations will need to come from research grants and contracts Hire additional personnel to pursue the research agenda

29 Initial Organization In April 2009, the Governor appointed a 10 member board for the Conn Center We are searching for operating funds We have recommended to the Kentucky Energy Secretary that Dr. Mahendra Sunkara be appointed interim director

30 Initial Research Foci Energy storage (batteries/capacitors) Biofuels Smart grid Solar energy

31 U of L Renewable Energy Goals Research Development Demonstration Deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, practices and outreach activities

32 Conn Center KPPC IAM LoDI RPC MNTC LEGEND CCRERES – Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Env. Stewardship IAM – Institute for Advanced Materials KPPC – Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center LoDI – Logistics and Distribution Institute RPC – Rapid Prototyping Center MNTC – Micro/Nano Technology Center Conn Center

33 U of L Resources About 20 current faculty members and new faculty lines identified New graduate certificates and courses are currently being offered, more in development Existing centers and institutes

34 Institute for Advanced Materials Advanced materials for energy technologies –Nanowires, nanotubes, thin films –Solar and thermionic energy conversion, energy storage Materials characterization –Electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), – Optical spectrometry (UV-vis, IR, Raman) – Surface science (XPS, Auger) Fabrication/evaluation of prototype energy components – Solar-voltaic and solar-chemical test cells –Thermionic energy scavenger system –High-cycle lithium ion battery cells

35 From Lab to Marketplace Bulk production of nanowires –Developed and patented at UofL –Critical to solar energy conversion and battery research Nanowire anode material for Li ion batteries (patent applied for) –High energy density –High cycle stability

36 AN EXAMPLE OF MATERIALS MANUFACTURING R&D Zinc Oxide Materials Systems So far: Tin Oxide Zinc Oxide Alumina Titania Production Capacity: ~ 1 kg/day


38 Micro/Nanotechnology Center Device design, fabrication and evaluation –Micro/nanoelectronics –MEMS sensors and actuators –electro-optic devices

39 10,000 sq. ft. microfabrication cleanroom Lithography, deposition, etching Metrology and electrical characterization Resource for Kentucky and region

40 AREAS OF ENERGY RESEARCH 1. Energy Harvesting and No Power Sensing * scavenging clean energy from the environment using vibrations, thermal gradients, solar, etc (Alphenaar/Lin) * battery elimination or longevity (Alphenaar/Lin/Naber/Jackson) * sensors which require no traditional power sources (Gowrishetty/Walsh) 2. Integrated Microsensors for Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation * temperarture, strain, pressure, vibration, flow, acceleration, gas sensing, wireless remote sensors, H2 and CO2 sensing (Walsh/McNamara/Crain/Naber/Fu) 3. Renewable Energy and Novel Power Generation * Knudsen Pump – solar power to pneumatic power (McNamara) * High Efficiency Solar Cells using Black Silicon (Aebersold) * PowerMEMS – micro-heat engines, combustion, propulsion (Fu) 4. Novel Energy Storage Strategies * Electromechanical Battery (McNamara) * MEMS mechanical energy storage (Aebersold/Walsh) 5. Low Power Transportation (friction-free) * Magnetic levitation for MEMS and microfluidics (McNamara) 6. Study of Fundamental Energy Sources * Cassimer effect (McNamara) 7. Miniaturization Strategies and MEMS Platforms for Super Low Power Devices and New Energy Devices * next-generation solar cells, fuel cells, micro-batteries, low-power electronics (Several) UofL Micro/Nano Technology Center

41 Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center State organization for dissemination of pollution prevention and energy conservation technology Helps businesses and other organizations develop environmentally sustainable, energy conserving systems Manages and coordinates Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS) and the Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium (KREC) Led development of the Kentucky 25x'25 Roadmap Based at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering

42 Conn Center Engagement Conn Center is engaged already with: –Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Argonne National Laboratory and UK for development of the National Battery Manufacturing Research Lab –Weve submitted two ARPA-E white papers –Weve had a number of interactions with business and industries in metro Louisville regarding research in biofuels, energy storage and energy efficiency

43 Solar Solar Cells for Electricity Solar Cells for Hydrogen Electrochromic Fuel Cell Energy Storage Lithium Ion Battery R&D Materials Manufacturing Bulk production of nanowires, nanoparticles Nanowire arrays and thin films Mesoporous materials Biomass Derived Products Cellulose derived ethanol Bio-oils for furnaces Bio-diesel Bio-polymers The Conn Centers research facilities (Ernst Hall, 3 rd Floor)

44 Li Ion Batteries Li-Ion Battery Manufacturing R&D for HEV Applications V No manufacturing exists in U.S. Battery materials manufacturing R&D essential - Hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) manufacturers - Battery manufacturers

45 Electrolyzer H2OH2O H2H2 O2O2 H2OH2O Methanol e- CO 2 Photo Electrolyzer H2OH2O H2H2 O2O2 Photo Electrolyzer H2OH2O Methanol CO 2 Holy Grail in Renewable Energy: Solar Hydrogen Fuel Cell Air H2OH2O Fuel e-

46 H2H2 Electric Grid Solar heating panels for water heating Solar panels for H 2 and electricity generation Excess energy goes to the grid A near-term possibility? Electric Grid Hydrogen-powered vehicle

47 They oughta do something about.... What? Energy supplies, energy efficiency, energy conservation, energy cost, climate change, carbon footprint, green technologies, etc. Who? Scientists, engineers, technicians, mathematicians (STEM) Why? For the future of mankind, the economy, standard of living, convenience, world peace, etc. When? As soon as possible – NOW!

48 Were working as hard as we can with the resources we have -

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