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Global Energy Scenario, Policy And Environmental Impact Of Energy Systems

COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course discusses Global energy scenario, introduces energy economics, policy and further discusses environmental impact of energy systems and energy auditing.Undoubtedly, the sun is an incredible energy resource, allowing the generation of electricity seemingly without toxic pollutants or an effect on global warming. The course also demystifies the argument that photovoltaics are the cleanest form of electricity generation and few go as far as to claim that it is the only form with no effect on the environment at all. This notion however is flawed, as solar power does have significant and multidimensional environmental impacts, during the construction, operation and decommissioning phase.

In this course, the students will learn about environmental impact of different energy technologies, including conventional energy sources as well as renewable and/or clean energy sources. The technological challenges, potential for future development, and environmental impacts (community, regional, and global) will be discussed. The course will cover energy production and use, environmental impact of energy use, fossil fuels and methods for making them more sustainable, clean fuels, electricity generation, renewable energy technologies (with emphasis on biomass, wind and solar energy), hydrogen, energy storage, and energy conservation.

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Discuss the global energy trends and scenarios
  • Discuss the renewable energy technology development priorities for sustainable economic development.
  • Discuss the energy policy and security aspects of energy.
  • Present environmental impacts and degradation due to energy production and utilization.
  • Discuss the causes of different types of pollution e.g from power plants and their impact assessment.
  • Introduce the concept of waste management and control.
  • Discuss the concept of carbon credits for environmental protection.

A doctoral student completing the course is expected to:

  • Prepare and present a critique of the key issues concerning energy options for sustainable environments
  • Analyse energy in terms of energy requirements and impacts in terms of noise, air quality and biodiversity.
  • Appreciate waste and solid waste as a source of energy for both Industrial and domestic applications
  • Deal with complex environmental issues, both systematically and creatively, and make sound judgements in the absence of high quality data.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving environmental problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing policies to a professional level.
  • Continue to advance your knowledge and understanding and to develop new skills to a high level.