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Unformatted text preview: EE 571/471 Sustainable Energy Systems David Shaw 1/13/2010 Outline Overview on sustainable energy systems o Why, how, what Resources, global poverty/population, climate change o How did we get here o Whats the future perspective Sustainable energy technologies o Short /intermediate terms (<20 years) o Long term (30-50 years) Energy efficiency and policy o Economics, regulation, tax incentives o Public education/life style changes Course Description EE550/450 Sustainable Energy Systems D. Shaw dshaw@buffalo.edu Overview: o Assessment of current and potential future energy systems, covering resources, extraction, conversion, and end-use, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century despite of rising global affluence and increasing concern about climate changes. o Different renewable and conventional energy technologies will be presented, and o Their attributes described within a framework that aids in evaluation and analysis of energy technology systems in the context of political, social, economic, and environmental goals. Textbook : Sustainable Energy - Choosing Among Options , Tester, J. W., E. M. Drake, M. W. Golay, M. J. Driscoll, and W. A. Peters. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780262201537. www.amazon.com One-page overview of the textbook ( PDF ). Important reference : Sustainable Energy Without hot Air by David JC Mackay Free book: http://www.withouthotair.com/ , http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/withouthotair/ Course Goals To develop a broad perspective and nuanced understanding of energy, economics and climate changes. To become well-versed in the current state of the art in energy generation, conversion and storage, as well as near- and long- term sustainable energy systems and their impact on regional environment and global climate. To develop group projects utilizing sustainable energy supply and strategies. Tentative Outline Part I -- Resources, global poverty/population, climate change o Energy resources o Global climate change and response issues o Energy system basics Part II Sustainable energy technologies o Issues of fossil & nuclear energy o Hydropower & renewable energy in context o How much biomass and geothermal energy? o Solar/wind Electric cars o Hydrogen society? (Not in the near future)) Part III -- Energy efficiency and policy o Energy, economics, and life-style changes what are our best options? o Sustainable development issues and decision-making techniques o Energy efficiency improvement What are our future transportation & home energy options o Global energy supply and usage -- What are optimal international energy policy and options? Grading Two hourly exams (30%); final (3 hrs) is optional ( take the best 2 out of 3) Homework assignment sets (35%) Term paper (35%) Term Papers: Please read the document posted at ublearns for suggestions on topics...
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