MAE 328 / EGR 328 / ENV 328 / ENE 328 (STN)
Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World
Overview of technology challenges and opportunities for energy in the context of global warming. Physics of greenhouse warming, projected climate changes, and structure of US and global energy economy are reviewed. Majority of lectures emphasize understanding engineering and economics of low-carbon energy production systems, including solar, wind, nuclear fission, and capture/storage of fossil-fuel carbon. Energy storage and efficient energy use are also considered. Intersections of energy with economic development, international security, local environmental quality, and human behavior are also touched upon.
Sample reading list:
Rubin, E.S., Introduction to Engineering and the Environment
Johansson, T.B. et. al., Renewable Energy: Sources for Fuels and Electricity
Johansson, T.B. et. al., The Global Energy Assessment
Eliasson, B. et. al., Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies
Weekly reading and problem sets, mid-term paper.
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Final Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 30%
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Freshman physics and prior coursework in thermodynamics are required. Students from any department are welcome in the course. Graduate students are welcome..
Some guest lecturers.
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