Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Energy: Principles and Processes 3 (MECE09015)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to establish a basic understanding of global patterns of energy use and systems of energy supply, in the context of their sustainability: social, environmental and economic. It is structured so as to familiarise students with the wide range of literature on sustainability, and will develop independent study and analysis skills.
1. To provide an overview the world's energy resources, and the current patterns of the production and use of energy.
2. To examine the current world energy picture in the context of sustainability.
3. To present strategies for more sustainable supply, and to consider the constraints on expansion of supply.
4. To discuss future sustainable energy scenarios
5. To develop an appreciation of the global nature of the issues, and an accompanying appreciation of the need for local variations to be understood and accounted for
6. To develop a realisation of the intricacy and complexity of sustainable energy issues; to gain ability to critically appraise information in the sector, and to detect and reject over-simplified assertions and/or solutions.
2. Primary Energy
3. Global Climate change
4. Environmental impacts of energy use
5. Energy resources and reserves
6. Costing energy
7. Lifecycle assessment
8. Transitional technologies (I)
9. Transitional technologies (II)
10. Energy scenarios
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| On completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Navigate a route through the many public-domain sources of information about energy and sustainability.
2. Summarise the current world-wide pattern of energy production and use, and their future trends.
3. Describe the environmental impact of current energy production and use.
4. Perform basic calculations to quantify energy flows and environmental impacts.
5. Describe strategies for developing sustainable energy sources.
6. Appreciate the geopolitical, economic and environmental constraints on expansion of energy supply.
7. Describe strategies for reducing energy demand on a local (user) scale, and a global (geopolitical scale).
Everett, Boyle, Peake & Ramage, Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future,
Oxford University Press, 2011. £29.59
David J.C. MacKay,
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air £16.06, http://www.withouthotair.com/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Tom Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)50 8701
|Course secretary||Miss Jennifer Yuille
Tel: (0131 6)51 7073