Sustainable Energetics

Methodologies for technical and economic assessment of short and long term energy-related issues are developed.  Both supply-side (power generation) and demand-side (use and efficiency) technology issues are investigated in the context of the modern social, economic, political and meteorological climate.  On the supply side, quantitative comparisons of the carbon intensity, levelized cost and other metrics for alternative methods to meet a demand are developed using contemporary examples, with consideration of the qualitative role of externalities. The key role of energy storage in various forms in a sustainable energy future is emphasized.  The focus on the demand-side is on identifying opportunities for exergy conservation, for doing more with less, again by comparison of alternative methods. 

Same as EID 231

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3.00

Course Code: ME 231

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