Energy availability and its cost are major concerns to every person. Fossil fuels in general and oil in particular are limited and the world's reserves are depleting. The question asked by many is, "Are there alternatives to the fossil fuel spiral (dwindling supplies and rising costs)?" This course addresses these alternative energy sources. It focuses on the technology basis of these alternate energy methods, as well as the practicality and the potential for widespread use and economic effectiveness. Energy technologies to be considered include photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind energy, geothermal and thermal gradient sources, biomass and synthetic fuels, hydroelectric, wave and tidal energy, and nuclear. The associated methods of energy storage will also be discussed.
An undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or a related technical discipline.