This course is taught over a period of 13 weeks; see more details about the schedule for each week below. It requires full participation of students as the course often requires discussion in class.
Mankind depends heavily on
energy for virtually every aspect of daily life. The main energy source is
currently fossil fuels, but the associated pollution (greenhouse gasses,
particulate matter, ...), and the fact that it is a limited resource, has led
to an increased interest in other energy resources. Sustainable energy
development is the requirement, and in this course, we will look at different
energy options. After a quick overview of current energy use in the world, we
examine the energy need, how those estimates are obtained, and which fuels can
be used to meet the increasing demand, and the demand for reduced pollution.
The limitations of different energy sources will be examined, going, for example, from the theoretical through technological, economical and, with emphasis on, the environmental constrains. The physical principles behind each energy source will be explained, and the environmental impact, the associated risks, policy and economics of different energy options discussed.