University Of Birmingham

Lh Adv Conventional Energy

04 21171

Iowa State Course Substitution

ME Technical Elective


Course Info

International Credits: 10.0
Converted Credits: 3.0
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Course Description:
The aim of this module is to introduce and discuss the issues with: energy derived from coal, gas and nuclear power, and the integration of an increasing proportion of renewable energy to the grid. There is arguably no other form of energy that polarises opinion as much as in the nuclear debate: it is seen by some as an environmental threat, and others as a solution for global warming. The general public see coal as an old-fashioned smelly polluting source. Gas is a finite resource that is becoming increasingly expensive in many part of the world, and yet elsewhere the discovery of unconventional sources (such as shale gas) has led to price decreases. All three sources must have a part to play in the future global energy mix since renewable energy cannot supply all of the demand. Students will prepare reasoned arguments using a variety of information sources such that they are able to discuss with confidence the issues surrounding: sustainable power production; and the use of coal, gas, nuclear and renewables for electricity generation. These arguments will take the form of a series of competitive group presentations and individually written reports.


Evaluation Date:
May 11, 2015
Christian Schwartz