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Dr. Michael Dalecki

Professor of Sociology,
Sustainability and Renewable Energy

136 Gardner Hall
(608) 342-1807 (office)

It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this--things are not what they seem.--Peter Berger

Note: the articles listed below are tools we use in ENERGY 2130. Not all are "authoritative" in the sense that they are "correct." Some are used to illustrate a particular point of view, others as examples to use in developing greater critical thinking ability, still others as sources of information. Do not view the entirety of them as typically reflective of my views, as any kind of endorsement, or as the basis of the entire course curricula.

Unit 3

Is This The Tesla Killer?
Fisker Solid-State Battery

Other Power Generation
Bloom Energy
Chapter 10: Distributed Energy Resources
Fuel Cell Animation
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
Distributed Generation
Electric vehicles--battery or fuel cell? Or something else?
Alliant Energy Customer Interconnection
Rules for Intereconnecting Distributed Generation Facilities

Solar PV
Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles
Passive Solar PV Tracking Racks
Passive Tracker Prices and Specs
Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
Net Metering
Pure Sine, Modified Sine, Square Wave
AC vs DC electric current
Russell Hall Solar Array
Solar Panel Price Survey
Solar PV Installation
Grid-Tie Kits
Grid Tie Estimator
Solar Panel Comparison Table
Power inverter Waveform types
Example, Home Grid-Tied PV system $1.25/watt

MISO (Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator

UW-Platteville Wind Turbine
UW-Platteville Wind Turbine Technical Data
Various types of Wind Turbines

80-meter Annual Average Wind Speed (Wisconsin)
Renewable Projects Map, Wisconsin
Politics of Wind
Wind Power's Wisconsin Dry Spell May be Ending--(includes Lafayette County's new installation)
Wind Rose

Shadow Flicker and Wind Energy
Video of Flicker
Flicker Map
Flicker Impact Area (South and North)
Betz's Law
US Wind Industry Map
Oscillating Water Column
Wildlife Mapping Tool to Guide Renewable Wind Energy Projects, Driftless Area
US Energy Mapping System (Trans lines etc.)
US Wind Map
Met Tower
Illinois Wind Resource Map (80m)
Illinois Installed Wind
Wind Shadow

Supplying Engines with Energy
Stirling Engine
Stirling Engine, how it works (YT)
Performance Analysis, WhisperGen Stirling Engine
Internal/External Combustion Engines

Solar Thermal Energy
Solar Thermal Energy (wiki)
Solar Tower
Solar Wind Energy Tower update
Solar Tower in Arizona
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
Mortgage Calculator
Mortgage Calculator (Zillow)
Solar Power Towers (Wiki)
Ivanpah Solar Power Facility
PS10 Solar Power Plant (wiki)
Themis Solar Power Plant (wiki)
Julich Solar Tower (wiki)
Solar Tower worth its Salt
Fresnel Lenses
Fresnel Lens cost
Fresnel Lens Demo (youtube)
Fresnel Lens (foundry--Youtube)

Unit 2

Population Pyramid
Hans Rosling and the Magic Washing Machine
Carrying Capacity
Positive Checks
Demographic Transition
Energy and Agriculture
Push and Pull Factors
Sustainable Thinking Presentation (D2L)
Population Presentation (D2L)
Occam's Razor
Law of Parsimony
Elegant (def 6)
Anything into Oil 1
Anything into Oil 2
Anything into Oil 3
Anything into Oil 4
Main Greenhouse Gases
Main Greenhouse Gases, Impact
Greenhouse Gas Warming Potentials
Cap and Trade
Carbon Offsets
Kyoto Protocol
Actual Kyoto Protocol, in English
Permafrost Thaw
Infrared Images
Frost Images
Heat Transfer, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Chap 6
Blown-in Cellulose Insulation
Spray-Foam Insulation
R-Values for Various Insulation and Materials
Dalecki HRV
Fiberglass Batt Installation
Fiberglass Batt/Vapor Barrier
Solar Energy for Buildings, Chap 7

Unit 1

Energy Overview--EIA
Finviz Futures
Supply and Demand Curves
Demand Destruction

Want to fight climate change? Donít invest in Tesla
Canadian Solar
How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatthour when generating electricity with fossil fuels?
Wis. Electricity Profile. Emissions in Table 7
Global Coal Plant Tracker
China joins climate fight, but keeps building coal-fired power plants
China to ban production of petrol and diesel cars 'in the near future'
Cost per watt of solar PV systems
Cost per watt of solar PV panels (not systems)

Bitcoin crashes
Bitcoin Price in Dollars
Int'l Currency Exchange Rates (explained)
Venezuela Currency Disintegrates
Dolartoday (Black Market Venzuela Exchange Rate)
Official Bolivar/Dollar Exchange Rate
Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe
Dr. Copper's Contango Crushes Economic Hype
De-Dollarization Spikes - Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars For Oil Payments
A Primer on Reserve Currencies
Explaining Reserve Currency
Dollar's Days Numbered? NEW
America's Weapons: The Dollar and the Drone. NEW
Suddenly de-dollarization is a thing. NEW

Forward Contract
Futures Contract
Futures Markets (Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Sticky Price Inflation
Futures: Margin
What is a bond?
Why does a bond's price decrease when interest rates increase?

Price Elasticity of Demand
EIA Energy Overview
North Atlantic Currents, Effect on Europe

Degree Day Explanation
Your Residential Energy Bill Explained
BTU content of different fuels
What is a Therm?
Housing Crisis Video

Peak Oil Also Pages 32-40 in Textbook

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