MEE Seminar - Energy Storage Potential of a Thermocline Nanofluidized Solar Salt Thermal Energy Storage System

Date: 
02/14/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

This seminar will be held in Discovery Park Room B142.


Dr. V. Kumar, Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering, the University of Texas at El Paso

About the Seminar

Topic 1 (Research): Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology has the potential to provide cheaper power from sun. An efficient CSP plant with thermal energy storage can provide a viable source of electricity generation from solar energy in the absence of sunlight as opposed to limited and expensive electrical battery storage with the photo-voltaic technology.

Topic 2 (Educational Innovation): I have developed a Dynamic Learning Framework that enables dynamically generated course contents (currently, implemented in engineering analysis, statics, mechanics, and engineering economy courses) to better evaluate the effectiveness of learning materials, effectively assess student learning, and hence provide an enhanced learning experiences. The framework effectively leverages the recent advancement in computing technologies (e.g., tablets PCs with cloud computing based content delivery method) and web-based technologies (e.g., WebGL/SVG for virtual-reality experience and PHP based server level programming language for dynamic content creation).

About the Speaker

Dr. Kumar received his Ph.D. from Rice University in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He is a member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Kumar was also the Vice President for International Student Association at Rice from 2003-2005. He founded the Plant Your Trees Foundation, a non -profit organization dedicated to making our environment greener and cleaner by planting trees. He in a wildlife conservancy advocate; involved with organizations like Katy Prairy Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy.