Energy is the preeminent issue of our time. During the transition from coal to sustainable energy sources, society faces a multitude of challenges. The engineer's role will be to evaluate various energy resources with regard to factors such as their environmental effect, production cost and associated technical challenges.
The course addresses the technologies and economics of electric power generation, transmission and distribution. Centralized versus distributed generation, and fossil fuels versus renewable resources, are considered in regard to engineering, market and regulatory principles. Students develop an understanding of the energy challenges confronting society and investigate technologies that seek to address future needs.
CEE 230, MECHENG 336, CHE 330, or equivalent recommended.