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Fall 2014-2015
* MAE 228 / EGR 228 / CBE 228 / ENE 228 (STN)  

Energy Solutions for the Next Century

Jay B. Benziger

This course will deal with issues of regional and global energy demands, sources, carriers, storage, current and future technologies and costs for energy conversion, and their impact on climate and the environment. Students will learn to perform objective cost-efficiency and environmental impact analyses from source to end-user on both fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas), and alternative energy sources (bio-fuels, solar energy, wind, batteries, and nuclear). We will also pay particular attention to energy sources, technologies, emissions, and regulations for transportation. The course will also include tours to energy research labs.

Sample reading list:
J.C. MacKay, Sustainable Energy - without the hot air (PDF)
G. Boyle, B. Everett, J. Ramage, Energy Systems and Sustainability:Power for a Sustainable...
Jefferson Tester, Sustainable Energy
David Goodstein, Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Group projects and presentations to analyze regional and global energy sustainability and their impact on the environment using engineering analysis of conversion technology, efficiency, regulations, and cost.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Other Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course is offered for both engineering and non-engineering students. (Calculus or Thermodynamics are NOT requirements)..

Other information:
Field trips to fusion research laboratory (PPPL), co-generation coal power plant, and energy research labs on campus will be arranged. This course is one of the core courses for the Certificate Program in Sustainable Energy.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21869 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:23 Limit:35
21870 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:23 Limit:35