CBE 90

Course Number: CBE90

Course Name: Sustainable Energy Systems

Units: 3

When is it offered? Spring

Requirement Satisfied: Lower Division Elective

Concentration(s): None specifically, good for Energy & Environment

Summary: This class provides a good summary of many energy-related topics that are not otherwise covered in the core chemical engineering curriculum. This involves biofuels, solar technology, wind, sustainable resource management, and others. Many guest lecturers are invited to speak and provide good insight into their field of expertise.

Official Prerequisites: CBE 40

LEGIT Prerequisites: None

Topics Covered: Introduction to Energy Use, CO2 Emissions and Sequestration, Electrical Energy Generation and Distribution, Energy Demand of Transportation, Biofuels, Hydrogen Economy, Storage of Electrical Energy, Automotive Pollutants, Geothermal Generation, Life Cycle Analysis, Building Efficiency, Solar Energy, Greenhouse Gas Policy, Economics of Energy and Conservation

Workload: Problem set every week that doesn't take more than an hour. No midterms, no final. One final class project that isn't graded too harshly but can take a while to finish.

When to take? After freshman year.

"Whats next" Courses? N/A'

Usefulness for research / internships: Useful to get an idea of the range of sustainable energy research and industry topics that are currently relevant. Good to put on resume to say you have had a brief introduction of sustainable technologies in general.

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