Sustainable Energy Systems

Department Numbers
Department 1: 
NRE
Number 1: 
574
Department 2: 
RCNSCI
Number 2: 
419
Department 3: 
PUBPOL
Number 3: 
519
Description: 

This course examines the production and consumption of energy from a systems perspective.  Sustainability is examined by studying global and regional environmental impacts, economics, energy efficiency, consumption patterns and energy policy.  First, the physics of energy and energy accounting methods are introduced.  Next, the current energy system that encompasses resource extraction, conversion processes and end-uses are covered.  Responses to current challenges such as declining fossil fuels and climate change are then explored: unconventional fossil fuels, carbon sequestration, emerging technologies (e.g., renewable sources: biomass, wind, and photovoltaics; fuel cells) and end-use efficiency and conservation.

Credits

Minimum Credits: 
3
Maximum Credits: 
3
Pass/Fail: 
Pass/Fail or S/U optional
Undergrad: 
Yes
Graduate: 
Yes
Prerequisites: 
College-level course in Math or Economics or physical science.

Terms Offered

Fall Semester: 
Yes
Winter Semester: 
No