University Of Newcastle

Sustainable Energy - The Australian Setting

GENG 1600

Iowa State Course Substitution

M E Technical Elective

M E

Course Info
International Credits:
10.0
Converted Credits:
4.0
Semester:
Fall
Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Course Description:
What would it take for Australian society to function entirely without fossil fuels? It's often stated that "huge amounts of renewable energy are available" - wind, solar, wave, and so forth. But our current energy consumption is also huge. We need to know how one "huge" compares with the other. We need numbers, not adjectives. This course shows how to estimate the numbers, and what those numbers depend upon. The motivations for sustainable energy are first considered: finite fossil fuel resources, climate change and energy security. The bulk of the course, however, is devoted to developing a simple quantitative framework for determining which energy proposals "add up" for Australia, with all major sustainable energy sources considered: wind, solar, hydroelectricity, wave, tide, biofuels, geothermal, and nuclear. Ways to reduce consumption are investigated, including better transport, and smarter heating/cooling. A range of energy plans for Australia are investigated, making clear the size of changes that society must undergo in order to function without fossil fuels.

Review

Evaluation Date:
August 5, 2013
Evaluated:
Christian Schwartz
Comments: