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Physics 1Seminar 3rd MP Project

Mr. Zadrozny EHS - 2011



Alternative Energy Project
The need for reliable energy is critical to people around the world. Whether used to run factories, heat and power our homes, cook our food, transport us or bring us the Internet, everybody uses energy. For the past 150+ years, fossil fuels have been the main source of energy used by developed countries. However, as demand for these energy sources increase and concern for their environment impact grows, the opportunity for developing new sources of energy is becoming more politically and economically attractive.
Working with your assigned group, you will select an alternative energy source and assess its potential for addressing the energy needs of our country in the next 5 – 10 years. Specifically, you are to consider the available technology, potential supply, cost and environment impact of this energy source as well as the ability to it distribute it to where it will be used. You should compare your choice to a traditional energy sources and consider how consumers will accept any needed changes to their current energy use habits.
Your grade will be in two parts: a written report that follows the outline below, and a formal presentation. Your written report should include the following sections:
Introduction: 5 pts

A clear statement of the problem, as you see it, that is driving the need for alternative energy sources and a brief summary of how your energy source will address this problem


Technology Status 10 pts

How does this new energy source work? What technical problems need to be solved before it is readily available? How reliable is the energy that it will produce? What changes, if any, will businesses and consumers need to make in order to use it?


Economics 10 pts

What are the raw materials needed to generate this energy? How much will it cost to build generation facilities? How much will the energy it produces cost consumers? How does the cost of energy from this source compare energy from the fossil fuel source it will replace?


Thermodynamic Balance: 5 pts

How energy efficient is this source? How much energy is used to generate the energy produced from this new source? Consider the energy to build the generation facilities.


Fungibility 5 pts

What fossil energy source(s) will it replace? How easily will this change occur?

What percent of our total energy needs will this source be able to provide in 5 – 10 years?
Social and Environmental Impacts 5 pts

What are the environmental tradeoffs involved in using this energy source?

What objections might people raise against the use of this energy source?
Conclusions: 5 pts

What role would you recommend for this source in our nation’s future energy policy?


References: 10 pts

5– 10 quality references from a diverse list of sources including:

Government, Public Policy, Universities, Industry & Research Institutes
Grammar / Comprehension / Paragraph Structure / Organization 10 pts
Total Report Score 65 pts
Your written report is due Mar 23, 2011. Typed, double-spaced, 4-6 pages for groups of 3 people, 5-7 pages for groups of 4 people. Use MLA format with embedded footnotes for specific information cited.

Your group will report its findings Mar 23-35 in a 6-8 minute presentation, 8 – 10 min. for groups of 4 people. Your grade will be based on how well you present information following the outline given for the written report and scored as follows:


Introduction 5 pts

Technology Status 10 pts

Economics 10 pts

Social and Environmental Impacts 5 pts

Fungibility 5 pts

Thermodynamic Balance: 5 pts

Conclusions 5 pts

Question and Answer Session 5 pts

Presentation Quality (see grading rubric) 10 pts
Total Presentation Score 60 pts
Maximum Project Score 125 pts

Written Report Grading Rubric:

Points Criteria

10

Report approaches the maximum length, no grammatical errors or typos and is very well organized

8 – 9

Report is average or more in length, has 1-2 errors per page, is well organized

Report meets the minimum length, has no errors and is very well organized



6 – 7

Report is somewhat less than the minimum length, has no errors and is very well organized

Report meets the minimum length and has 1 – 2 errors per page average and is well organized

Report is average or above in length and has 3-4 errors per page average and is not well organized


4 – 5

Report is less than the minimum length and has 1-2 errors per page average and is well organized

Report meets the minimum length and has 3 -4 errors per page average and is not well organized

Report is average or above in length and has 5- 6 errors per page average and no clear organization


2 -3

Report is less than the minimum length and has 3-4 errors per page average, is not well organized

Report meets the minimum length and has 5 – 6 errors per page average and no clear organization

Report is average or above in length and has more than 6 errors per page average, is well organized


0 – 1

Report is less than the minimum length and has 5 or more errors per page average no organization

Report meets the minimum length, has more than 6 errors per page average and no organization


Presentation Grading Rubric:

Points Criteria

10

Presentation approaches the maximum length, has substantial use of graphics and minimal words

8 – 9

Presentation meets the minimum length and has substantial use of graphics, minimal words

Presentation is average or above in length and has significant use of graphics, moderate words



6 – 7

Presentation is less than the minimum length, has substantial use of graphics and minimal words

Presentation meets the minimum length and has significant use of graphics, moderate # of words

Presentation is average or above in length and has moderate use of graphics, a majority of words


4 – 5

Presentation is less than the minimum length, has significant use of graphics, moderate # of words

Presentation meets the minimum length and has moderate use of graphics, a majority of words

Presentation is average or above in length and has minimal graphics, mostly words


2 -3

Presentation is less than the minimum length, has moderate use of graphics and a majority of words

Presentation meets the minimum length, has minimal graphics and is mostly words

Presentation is average or above in length, no graphics or contains overly wordy slides


0 – 1

Presentation is less than the minimum length and has minimal graphics

Presentation meets the minimum length, no graphics or contains overly wordy slides



Add 1 point for the first animated graphic demo and ½ point for each additional animation demo.

Deduct 1 point for every 20 seconds you run over your time limit

Videos over 15 s in length will not count towards your time limit

Alternative Energy Technologies:



  1. Wind Power

2 - Photo-Voltaic Cells

Energy from solar electromagnetic radiation

3 - Passive Solar

Energy from solar radiant heat energy

4 - Tidal Energy

5 - Wave Energy

6 - Nuclear Power

7 - Hydrogen Fuel Cells

8 – Geothermal Energy

9 – Biofuels - Biomass specifically growth to produce fuel

Not Corn Ethanol

10 – BioMass - Waste biomass that can be converted into fuel

11 - Electric Powered Cars

Must explain where the electric power comes from

12 - Other??? Not Fusion
One Alt Energy source per section
Commercial Information Sources

Wind Power

ABB Ltd. Turbine manufacturer

Windtec, wind turbine designer

American Superconductor, wind turbine manufacturer

Solar Power

US Solar Energy Industry Association

Solargenix Energy, LLC, solar energy plant developer

Biomass

International Paper



Weyerhaeuser Co.

Koch Industries

Georgia Pacific

California Biomass Collaborative

Geothermal

Calpine Corp

Biofuels

Archer Daniels Midland

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

United Technologies

Research Universities

Rice U.: Houston Advanced Research Center

Nuclear Power

Greenspirit Strategies, Ltd

National Geographic – April 2006 edition
Alternative Energy Project Presentation Scoring Sheet
Student(s) __________________________________ Period ________ Score _____
Introduction 5 pts _______

Technology Status 10 pts ______


Economics 10 pts ______

Social and Environmental Impacts 5 pts ______

Fungibility 5 pts ______


Thermodynamic Balance 5 pts ______

Conclusion 5 pts ______

Q & A Session 5 pts ______


Presentation Quality 10 pts ______


Total Time: Total Score 60 pts ______

Alternative Energy Project Paper Scoring Sheet
Students ____________________________________ Period ________ Score ______
______________________________________ Presentation Score ______
______________________________________ Total Score ______ / 125
Introduction 5 pts ______

Technology Status 10 pts ______

Economics 10 pts ______

Social and Environmental Impacts 5 pts ______


Fungibility 5 pts ______

Thermodynamic Balance 5 pts ______

Conclusions: 5 pts ______

Report Quality 10 pts ______

References 10 pts ______


Total Score 65 pts ______


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