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EENV-332 Sustainable Energy Resources

An overview of energy use, its effect on the environment and the potential for sustainable energy solutions. Traditional, nonsustainable energy production from fossil fuels is first described in terms of energy efficiency, environmental impact and available reserves. This is followed by a description of individual sustainable energy technologies with a focus on the underlying science, energy production rates, viability and potential limitations. Specific technologies that are discussed include: wind turbines, solar thermal systems, solar photovoltaics, hydropower, wave and tidal energy capture, and geothermal heating. Prerequisites: Intro Physics I (PHYS-202, -203, or -204, MATH-111, sophomore standing or instructor's permission. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.