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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)



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?