Course Overview

This course is designed to have students understand the economic and fundamental technical issues related to sustainable energy systems. The course will cover the economics and basic science behind existing fossil-fuel based, nuclear, solar and wind electricity generation, and introduce emerging renewable energy systems. In addition, the course will discuss the existing US electricity distribution (grid) system and its future evolution. Finally, the course will introduce students to how to access reliable sources of information by country and to the global energy demand and sources including the IPCC reporting and core issues surrounding climate change. In addition, students will develop problem-solving skills in sustainable energy and energy efficiency and explore future trends in energy systems to understand opportunities and obstacles present in the creation of energy technology ventures.


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