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Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research Seminar Series

Friday, Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

When Oct 26, 2012
from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm
Where Ernst Hall, Room 310
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-8597
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“Free Heat”: Serving Thermal Loads in Buildings with Ambient Thermal Sources

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research presents
Dr. M. Keith Sharp
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory
University of Louisville

Abstract: Approximately half of all energy in the US is used in thermal form, much of it for space conditioning of buildings. Addressing thermal energy use in buildings is, therefore, key to a sustainable future. Serving these thermal loads with ambient thermal sources, such as the sun, sky, ground and air, makes more thermodynamic sense, and is potentially more efficient, than using high energy sources such as electricity from photovoltaic cells or wind turbines. This presentation will explore the potential for heating and cooling of buildings from ambient sources, and discuss simulations and experiments on a novel passive solar heating system that uses heat pipes to provide significantly higher efficiency than conventional passive systems.

Bio: Dr. Sharp is a professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisville, and is the director of the Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory. He has conducted research and development on solar energy systems since the mid 70’s, at Colorado State University, the Solar Environmental Engineering Company, his own consulting company, the University of Utah and now at the University of Louisville. He earned his degrees from the University of Cincinnati (BS ME 1976), Colorado State University (MS ME 1978) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (ScD ME 1987).

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