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This project-based class explores sustainable energy technology in developing countries. Considers sources like solar, biomass & wind; and uses like cooking, lighting, & phone charging. Students work on projects with partners in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
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D-Lab: Energy MIT

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This project-based class explores sustainable energy technology in developing countries. Considers sources like solar, biomass & wind; and uses like cooking, lighting, & phone charging. Students work on projects with partners in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
More information at ocw.mit.edu/terms

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    Lecture 1: Introduction to Energy

    Lecture 1: Introduction to Energy

    This lecture introduces fundamental energy concepts: energy around in the world, energy units, a quick electricity review, and some estimation practice activities. The session ends with a syllabus overview.

    • 1h 29 min
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    Lab 1: Human Power

    Lab 1: Human Power

    In this lab, students complete three modules: water pumping, water carrying, and shop training. They use a cement rocker foot pump and a PVC hand pump, and try carrying water in four different ways. Finally, they complete a woodworking assignment.

    • 9 min
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    Lecture 2: Energy Storage & Microgrids

    Lecture 2: Energy Storage & Microgrids

    This lecture explores energy storage needs in developing countries. It also includes a review of some intro topics and pedal power, estimation exercises, and a preview of the spring break field trip.

    • 1h 38 min
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    Lab 2: Solar Power Measurement, Part I: Lecture

    Lab 2: Solar Power Measurement, Part I: Lecture

    In this pre-lab lecture, students learn about the sun and its pluses and minuses as a source of energy, and the various inefficiencies throughout the process of harvesting, storing, then using solar power.

    • 24 min
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    Lab 2: Solar Power Measurement, Part II: Activities

    Lab 2: Solar Power Measurement, Part II: Activities

    In this lab, students work with solar panels to calculate the peak power output of a solar cell, choosing an orientation and measuring the power of the cell. Then they work out how output changes with angle and how efficiency drops with shading.

    • 9 min
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    Lecture 3: Lighting; Trip Introduction

    Lecture 3: Lighting; Trip Introduction

    This lecture on lighting for the developing world covers fundamentals of lighting and some example solutions. A survey of class projects from previous years and intro to this year's community partners finish the session.

    • 1h 31 min

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