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Spring 2018-2019
* MAE 328 / EGR 328 / ENV 328 / ENE 328 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World

Lamyaa El-Gabry

This course provides an overview of fundamental physical mechanisms behind sustainable energy technologies, including solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, nuclear, and hydroelectricity. Physics of the greenhouse effect, projected Earth's climate changes, as well as socio-economic impacts on energy uses and greenhouse-gas emissions are reviewed. Variability, dispatchability, and areal power density of energy resources are discussed. Energy efficiency, energy storage, as well as transmission and distribution of electric power are touched upon.

Sample reading list:
R.L. Jaffe, W. Taylor, The Physics of Energy. 2018, Cambridge University Press
V. Quaschning, Understanding Renewable Energy Systems.
Hoboken: Routledge, 2014
I.M. Vardavas, F.W. Taylor, Radiation and Climate. Oxford University Press, 2007
David J.C. Mackay, Sustainable Energy-without the hot air.
UIT Cambridge Ltd., 2009

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading and problem sets.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Undergraduate first year physics and prior coursework in thermodynamics are required. Students from any department are welcome in the course. Graduate students are welcome..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41275 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:25