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ECE 294- Energy and Society


Description: This course explores how energy is created and used in today's society. We will discuss wind, Solar, coal, nuclear, geothermal, energy from the ocean, and discuss their impacts on the climate and on us.

 
 
Prerequisites: MATH 104, or higher (college algebra)

 
Topics:

 

Introduction and motivation

 

What is sustainability?What is engineering?
 
 

Energy for cars and planes; Energy from wind and solar
 

 

Energy for heating and cooling; Energy from hydro and offshore wind
 

 

Energy for food; Energy from wave, tide, and geothermal
 

 

Enginering more efficient stuff
 

 

What about coal oil, and natural gas?
 

 

Sustainable finite resources
 

 

Importing renewable energy, long distance energy transport
 

 

Power fluctuations and energy storage
 

 

What is the Smart Grid?