EPM 4237 - Renewable Energy
Renewable energy sources now generate an estimated 13 percent of power worldwide. A political hot button, renewable energy sources range in their effectiveness, with some technologies already mature and economically viable, while still others need additional development or government subsidies to survive. The course begins with an overview of the major alternative sources, examining each one in-depth to consider its benefits, as well as its environmental and economic risks. Students study thermal systems and photovoltaics in the generation of solar power; atmospheric science and weather in the study of wind power; the organic chemistry that is involved in biomass, biofuels and agricultural residues; direct use of hot water in geothermal systems; and other alternative sources such as tidal and wave energy. Problems vexing grid placement and dissemination throughout a source network are also studied.
NOTE: This course is not offered this term. Please refer to the annual schedule for Environmental Policy and Management to see the next time this course is offered.