As researchers work to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of energy systems, computational engineering will play a key role guiding the design effort. Renewable sources of interest include solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, and wave. Key challenges are found in modeling of the energy harvesting devices themselves and also in the combination of energy sources with other parts of the systems in which they are embedded including loads, storage elements, and regenerative mechanisms. And successful management of energy value chains will also be crucial to environmental and economic success.


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