EENV-332 Sustainable Energy Resources

An overview of energy use, its effect on the environment and the potential for sustainable energy solutions. Traditional, non-sustainable 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.