Energy and Sustainability
The course discusses fundamental energy concepts covering the physical, scientific, technological properties and societal priorities of energy systems. The major challenges in the areas of the environment, society development, security and the economy are also covered largely through the assessment of one or more of these domains. Opportunities in energy demand, energy efficiency and materials efficiency, energy end-use technology status and potential, economic viability and energy scenarios for example are examined and scrutinized.
The course also addresses generation supply and demand options with focus on energy technologies (e.g. wind, solar, biofuel, CCS) and other strategies (e.g. energy efficiency) to decrease the environmental and social impacts of generation systems in both industrialized countries and the Global South. Finally, the course covers a variety of (governance) strategies for the intervention and transformation of energy systems down more sustainable pathways.