Courses

Spring 2013

ECGR 4090/5090; SEGR 4090/EMGT6090  Introduction to Energy Systems Engineering  3 cr.

Prerequisites: Physics 2012 or consent of the instructor

Learning Objectives:

After completing the course, the student will be able to

  1. Have a working knowledge of the various forms of energy usage and their impact
  2. Understand energy systems design from an engineering perspective
  3. Understand life cycle economics of energy systems
  4. Understand how systems design is changing the way we generate, convert, deliver and use energy.
  5. Understand how policies can impact the use of energy.

 

Course Contents & Tentative Schedule:

Topic

Lectures

1

Introduction to Energy Systems; conventional/fossil-based energy sources

2

2

Alternative energy sources (nuclear, fuel cell technologies, advanced engines, dish/Stirling engines): design and economics

2

3

Renewable energy sources (solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, CSP, wind, biomass, geothermal, ocean, tide, etc.): design and economics

4

4

Historical development of energy resources

1

5

Power vs. energy; units of energy; performance metrics

1

6

Basic energy economics (supply/demand considerations, time value of money, cash flow analysis, cost estimation, project evaluation, life cycle analysis)

3

7

Energy storage

2

8

Economics of energy production, transportation, storage and utilization

3

9

Energy management; sustainability

1

10

Energy utilization (electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, etc.)

2

11

Cyberphysical systems; Smart Grid/microgrid and impact on energy utilization

1

12

Energy efficiency in homes, businesses, buildings and industry

2

13

Environmental impact of energy production, transportation, and utilization; climate change; solutions for decarbonization

2

14

Federal and State policies regulations and standards in energy production and distribution

2