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Energy Systems and Resources

Final Project

General Instructions
1. A list of themes/subjects is given below. Choose one or more of these (you can combine them if you choose) and prepare a detailed report as your final project for this class. You may also come up with your own individual project theme not included in the list if you so desire but it must be clearly related to this class and be approved in advance by the instructor. The earlier you get such an approval the better.
2. You must use the general report guidelines that have been established. For the final project, however, the length must be between 18 and 24 pages. This length will include the standard title page required by the guidelines.
3. You should also include a separate brief cover letter clearly and concisely describing your theme/subject, its relevance to the class, and why you personally have chosen it specifically, i.e. what is its significance to you personally? Since some themes/subjects may be fairly broad, you may find that you want to focus your attention on some specific aspect within the theme/subject that you choose. In this case, you should make it clear in the cover letter that you are doing this and why. You may also want to discuss your basic approach to the theme/subject and your methodology in researching the theme/subject and analyzing it. This cover letter is separate from the abstract and the title page required by the guidelines.
4. You may use reasonable amounts of quoted material but do not forget to properly identify and reference such material. Also be sure to properly reference all data that you use. As always, be aware of the dangers of plagiarism and academic dishonesty and avoid them. See the posted statements on these items for more clarification. You may use a proofreader to assist with grammar and spelling issues but the content of your submission must be your own and any proofreader must be clearly acknowledged and may not also be in the class.
5. Avoid trying to expand your page count by manipulating the sizes of figures, tables, equations, etc. These should always be kept reasonably compact and only large enough to be properly visualized or to conform to the font specifications. Tables will thus generally be single spaced even though the body of the text is to be double spaced.
6. Figure captions should be given below the figure while table captions should be given above the table. Look at the textbook and how it handles figures and tables. All figures and tables should be sequentially numbered, should be referenced in order in the text, should be explained adequately in the right place in the text, and should include fully descriptive captions composed of complete sentences. Captions should not simply narrate the numbers in figures and tables that can be clearly seen. Instead, captions should explain meanings, reasons, backgrounds, trends, problems, etc.

General Guidelines for Grading
The following things will contribute to the overall project grade in roughly the indicated %.
1. Structure (organization) of the project/report: 15%
2. Knowledge for the project background/theme/content: 25%
3. Logical development: 15%
4. Derived conclusions and/or comments: 15%
5. Format, referencing, breadth of referenced material, timeliness of submission, etc: 30%

List of Themes/Subjects for the Final Project
1. Hydrogen production from water.
2. Hydrogen production from other industrial sources.
3. Hydrogen production from biomass.
4. Fuel cell technology for applications other than automobile.
5. Non-platinum based catalysts for PEM fuel cells.
6. Water management in PEM fuel cells.
7. Separator status for PEM fuel cells.
8. Stacking of fuel cells.
9. Membranes for PEM fuel cells.
10. On-board hydrogen storage for PEM fuel cells.
11. Gasoline reforming for on-board PEM fuel cells.
12. Hydrogen distribution systems.
13. Natural gas vehicles.
14. Uranium from sea water.
15. Energy efficient buildings.
16. Feasibility study of a windmill for a house in Columbia, Missouri.
17. Feasibility study of a solar energy system for a house in Columbia, Missouri.
18. Fuel from corn.
19. Removal of mercury and lead vapor from flue gas.
20. Hybrid automobiles; concepts and issues.
21. U.S. energy self sufficiency; requirements and issues.
22. Strategies for the U.S. to become self sufficient in energy.
23. Global technological efforts in reducing greenhouse gases.
24. Carbon from carbon dioxide.
25. Nuclear batteries for space exploration and/or other applications.
26. Space-based nuclear reactors.
27. Solar power satellite concepts.
28. Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) energy conversion; concepts and issues.
29. Magnetic confinement fusion.
30. Laser fusion.
31. Deuterium resources in the ocean.
32. Helium 3 mining of the moon.
33. Cold fusion.
34. Nuclear rockets for space propulsion.
35. Photovoltaic cells.
36. Solar water heating.
37. Concentrating solar power systems.
38. Geothermal energy.
39. Passive solar power.
40. Biomass.
41. Bio-nuclear power.
42. Synthetic fuels from non-fossil resources.
43. Synthetic fuels from fossil resources.
44. Energy from ocean tides.
45. Energy from ocean thermal gradients.
46. Energy from ocean currents.
47. Low-head hydroelectric power.
48. Energy strategy(ies) for remote rural areas.
49. National electricity transmission grid.
50. The collapse of Enron; history and reasons.
51. Regulation versus deregulation of energy; pros and cons.
52. National Energy Policy (the debate).
53. Heat savings from double pane windows and/or other efficiency measures.
54. Advanced battery concepts.
55. Advanced energy cycles.
56. U.S. role in world energy demand and/or production and/or responsibilities.
57. Energy consumption by the digital world.
58. Nuclear waste management.
59. Small modular nuclear reactors.
60. Energy from hydropower.
61. Energy and food relationships.
62. Energy and economy.
63. Energy and quality of life issues.
64. Other preapproved topics.

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