* CEE 304 / ENE 304 / ENV 300 Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies
The course uses materials balance, energy balance, and life cycle assessment tools to examine the environmental impacts of energy technologies. Environmental implications include those associated with water quality, air quality, land use, and climate change. The course first builds the tools for investigating energy technologies and then examines technologies including conventional fossil fuel combustion, advanced fossil energy systems, solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and nuclear energy. The course is focused primarily on scientific and technological principles, but socioeconomic aspects are also addressed.
Sample reading list:
James A. Fay and Dan S. Golomb, Energy and the Environment: Scientific and Technological
Edward S. Rubin, Introduction to Engineering and the Environment
William E. Rees and Mathis Wackernagel, Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth
National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engine, America's Energy Future: Technology and Transportation
See instructor for complete list
Required reading for the course will be about 20-40 pages per week. Coursework includes eight problem sets, several of which include short writing assignments in response to the required reading, and two group projects that culminate in written reports.
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Problem set(s) - 35%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
CHM 201 and MAT 104 (can be taken concurrently) or permission of the instructor.
In 2013, this course should be taken in lieu of CEE 303 and it will satisfy the CEE departmental requirement.
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