Efficient Electricity Generation via Novel Methods

An Original In-House Upsilon Lab Project

Manager: Wynne Turner

Contact: wynneturner@g.ucla.edu

Applications: Closed

Learning Objectives: Programming (Python, Matlab, and/or Mathematica)

To meet increasing energy demands, scientists are researching electricity generation using novel methods such as thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, wave power, and other methods. Thermoelectric materials generate electricity from temperature differences between their layers, photovoltaics generate electricity using light, and wave power is a way to utilize wind waves to generate power. Team members will create simulations of these methods using Python, optimizing for maximized efficiency. These simulations can be used as a basis for actual power generators in the future.