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Fall 2012-2013
CBE 335 / MAE 338 / ENV 335 / ENE 335  

The Energy Water Nexus

Eric D. Larson
Sankaran Sundaresan

Students will gain an awareness of challenges to sustainable water and energy and inter-linkages between these. Energy-water design trade-offs will be investigated for various energy and water processing facilities, e.g., electric power or desalination plants. Students will participate in a design and simulation project to analyze water and energy balances for selected processes. Lectures will include review of relevant unit operations, tools/methods for lifecycle environmental and economic analysis, and discussion of contemporary issues where the energy-water nexus plays a critical role.

Sample reading list:
World Energy Council (2009), Water for Energy
Kiparsky, M., Milman, A., and Vicuña, S. (2012), Climate Change and Water: Impacts and Adaptation
McMahon, J.E. and Price, S.K. (2011), Water and Energy Interactions
Escobar, I.D. and Schaefer, A.I. (editors) (2010), Sustainable water for future: water recycling vs. desalinate
Shannon, M.A (2008), Science and technology for water purification
International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Program, Evaluation and analysis of water usage of power plants
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings and homework assignments. Design and simulation project.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Design Project - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Prior completion of a course in thermodynamics is required. It is also desirable for students to have taken CBE 245 (An Introduction to Chemical Engineering Principles), CBE 250 (Separations), CEE 303 (Introduction to Environmental Engineering), and/or MAE 427 (Energy Conversion and the Environment). This course is designed primarily for CBE or MAE majors but open to all majors..

Other information:
This course complements traditional engineering courses that treat fundamental unit operations. Lectures will be complemented by design and simulation work by students to analyze mass and energy balances, capital costs, and overall economics for a coupled energy-water system, e.g., a fossil fuel power plant with capture and underground storage of CO2 and with desalination of brine as source of required process and cooling water.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22999 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Engineering Quad A-Wing   A224   Enrolled:13 Limit:20