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Introduction to Energy Systems for the 21st Century (220-0-20)


Yip-Wah Chung

Meeting Info

Annenberg Hall G15: Mon, Wed, Fri 12:00PM - 12:50PM

Overview of class

This survey course provides an overview of energy issues in the context of global sustainability. Energy demands for transportation, residential, and commercial uses are presented, and strategies for demand reduction are discussed. Major potential sustainable energy sources will be presented, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, biofuels, waves and tides, along with coal, nuclear, and hydraulic fracturing technologies. Issues associated with carbon capture, energy storage, and the power grid will be discussed. While this course will address many technical and scientific aspects of energy, no prerequisite technical courses are required.

Class Materials (Required)

"Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air", David MacKay, downloadable free of charge from: (with errata and supplementary information about USA)

Class Attributes

Natural Sciences Distro Area