Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:00 p.m. - MSPE WC BOD Meeting
5:30 p.m. - Registration/Networking
6:00 p.m. - Dinner
6:30 p.m. - Presentation of LEAP Awards & Slate of Officer Nominations
6:40 p.m. - Presentation: Renewable Energy - Dr. Sarvenaz Soghansarbandi
UMKC Flarsheim Hall - Room 531 (Toyota Room)
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Food and Cost:
Pizza will be served for dinner.
$18 for Members and Guests
Free for Students
Registration closes at 5 pm, Monday, March 16th, 2020.
Presenter: Dr. Sarvenaz Sobhansarbandi, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarvenaz Sobhansarbandi is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri-Kansas city. She is the recipient of Funding for Excellence (FFE) award, ASME 2017 and 2019 best paper award and ASHRAE 2015-2016 award from North Texas section.
Topic: Solar Energy - A Path to a Sustainable Future
Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) are well-established renewable energy technology that have been widely adopted around the world. However, solar water heater systems often need a separate booster (storage unit) to provide heat whenever little or no solar energy is available. The specific type of solar collector selected for this purpose is the evacuated tube solar collector (ETC), designed in a way such that heat loss to the environment, inherent with flat plate solar collectors, has been reduced. Due to the intermittency in solar intensity, ETCs may not work at their maximum functionality. The fundamental analysis of this research work is executed in UMKC’s Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, and the feasibility of the optimized system will be tested via large scale collectors on the roof of UMKC’s new engineering building. The benefit of this technology includes improved functionality by delayed release of heat, thus providing hot water during the hours of high demand or when solar intensity is insufficient.