Energy and Power: Production, Distribution, and Society

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This course is an introduction to energy and power within a societal context.

Useful Prerequisites[edit]

A general knowledge base in these topics will facilitate learning.

Reference[edit]

Topics[edit]

Energy Consumption: Utility and Inequality[edit]

  1. World Portfolio
  2. United States Energy Policy

Basic Ideas: Exercises and Review[edit]

  1. The Conservation of Energy
  2. Work and Heat in Thermodynamic Analysis
  3. Circuits: Resistors, Capacitors, and Inductors
  4. Transformers, Motors, and Turbines
  5. Distribution of Electric Energy

Energy Sources: Technology, Cost, and Potential[edit]

  1. Special Topic: Non-Renewable, Renewable, Sustainable
  2. Fossil
  3. Nuclear
  4. Solar
  5. Water
  6. Biomass
  7. Wind
  8. Geothermal

Energy Storage and Conversion[edit]

  1. Gasification
  2. Waste to Energy
  3. Fuel Cells
  4. Hydrogen
  5. Micro-Turbines
  6. Flywheels
  7. Batteries
  8. Electricity
  9. Distributed Generation
  10. Diesel Generators
  11. Turbines

Building Energy Use[edit]

  1. Green Building Design
  2. Time-Dependent Demand
  3. Commercial and Residential

Transportation[edit]

  1. Spark Ignition, Diesel, and Hybrid Vehicles
  2. Freight and Shipping
  3. Air Travel

Energy-Intensive Industrial Processes[edit]

The Path of Emerging Technologies[edit]

Power Cycles and Car Engine Design

  1. Otto Cycle
  2. Diesel Cycle

Power Cycles and Power Plant Design[edit]

  1. Rankine Cycle
  2. Brayton
  3. Issues in Efficiency and Cost

Combustion and Pollution[edit]

  1. Combustion and Chemical Energy
  2. Kinetics
  3. Common Pollutants and Concerns
  4. Regulation

Economics and Energy Markets[edit]

  1. Limited Natural Resource Economics
  2. Pollution Caps and Trading
  3. Electricity
  4. Developmental Economics and Energy
  5. Econometrics and Energy Forecasting

Sustainability and Energy[edit]

  1. Global Warming
  2. Energy Sources and Magnitudes
  3. Special Topic: Consumption, Capitalism, and Unsustainable Growth

The Future: Scenarios of Disaster and Opportunity[edit]

  1. Economic and Environmental Forces for Change
  2. The Role of the Engineer: Ideas with Potential

Further reading[edit]