Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Defining and Designing a Sustainable Energy Future --- UC Davis D-Lab

In D-Lab students get hands-on, practical experience in a laboratory setting, learning about renewable based energy.

Lab modules include creating charcoal from agricultural waste, constructing a battery from inexpensive locally available components, understanding both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of lighting including exploring the benefits and limitations of solar PV.

Visit our website to see lab module videos

Two  courses are offered in Winter and Spring quarters for graduate students and one course for undergraduates in Winter quarter.

D-Lab I: Energy and Development, an Overview reviews the history of energy in the context of developing countries, looking at the rise of appropriate technologies and the role of government agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

D-Lab II: Energy and Development, Design and Dissemination is a hands-on class that is focused on finding solutions to overcoming barriers in the design and dissemination of energy technologies in the developing world. Multi-disciplinary student teams work collaboratively with partner organizations abroad to examine and develop possible solutions to the issue(s) they have selected, including a particular technology design as well as delivery strategy and/or development of a business model.


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