Covers energy literacy (what is energy, how is energy quantified, how much energy is required for common tasks and classification of energy as renewable or non-renewable). Primary and secondary energy sources are examined in their economic, social and environmental contexts. Historic and current energy consumption, energy sources, fossil fuel resources and reserves, natural gas exploration “fracking” and flaring, sour gas, off shore drilling, bitumen, shale oil, coal bed methane extraction, carbon capture and sequestration, hydro electric energy, solar photo-voltaic energy, solar thermal energy, ground source energy, wind energy, nuclear power, biomass, energy conservation and sustainability are discussed.
RET 105: Applications of Renewable Energy is delivered live using a combination of lecture and laboratory exercises to reinforce concepts for students’ individual learning styles. The course manual summarizes lectures and provides examples of questions to support learning outcomes.
Applicants are required to have completed an accredited college-level technology program, or two years of a university environmental science program or equivalent or permission of the School Chair of the School of Environment and Geomatics.