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Fall 2016 course: Energy Analysis

FACC 510: Selected Topics in the Faculty of Engineering | "Energy Analysis"
Instructor: Prof. Jeff Bergthorson 

TISED offered a course in fall 2016 for senior undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering. The course explored and quantified the centrality of energy flows on welfare and development as well as the impacts of their production and use on environmental services. The course reviewed basic thermodynamic principles and energy metrics, and examined primary and secondary power generation systems, as well as energy storage technologies. 

Background: Society is at a crossroads, progress requiring increasing access to, and consumption of energy resources.  Wood, fossil fuels, hydro and, more recently nuclear, wind and solar power have enabled the industrialization of high and middle income economies. Yet, the affordability of modern energy resources remains a barrier to progress in low income countries. At the same time, climate change mitigation requires a transition from fossil to low-carbon fuels.  As the engineers, urban planners and architects of a sustainable society, you need to possess a robust understanding of energy flows and be able to address, in an informed way, energy production and consumption solutions. This course will provide foundational knowledge of energy metrics – including energy and power densities, life cycle assessments and energy returned on invested - , or energy literacy, and explore issues related to energy production and use, including their environmental and economic impacts.  The course will explore alternative solutions for primary power generation, methods to store energy in a clean secondary form, and then systems to generate secondary power from clean energy carriers. 

Prerequisites: No prerequisite courses were required; however, to be eligible students had to be in one of the departments or schools in the Faculty of Engineering, must be either U3 or U4 undergraduate students or graduate students, and required instructor approval in order to register.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students understood the following concepts and were able to apply them to real world problems!

  • Energy: now and in future
  • Energy metrics
  • Alternative Primary Power-Generation Systems
  • Alternative Energy-Storage and Secondary Power-Generation
  • Critical Analysis and Application of Theory

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