This course covers the science, engineering, and operation of energy technologies – on a stand-alone and systems basis – that will reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and lower air pollution, with quantitative analysis where applicable. On the supply side, students will learn about solar radiation and its use for solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies (at a cell, module, and system-level) and concentrated solar power (CSP) with thermal storage, and other renewable energy technologies that use wind, water, and biomass, as well as the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Energy storage technologies covered to support variable renewable energy (VRE) integration include lithium-ion and other types of batteries, pumped hydro, compressed air energy storage (CAES), and longer-term energy storage from the production of hydrogen, using electrolysis and other low carbon methods. End-use energy technologies covered will include battery electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), and some examples of the use of low carbon heat sources or feedstocks for industrial processes and combined heat and power (CHP).
Energy Technologies for Solving Environmental Challenges
01/22/2024 - 05/07/2024