ENME 489X - Energy Conversion Systems for Sustainability

3 Credits



None required.


ENES 232


This course will focus on energy sustainability with view to changing global energy availability and use, and addresses the objective of greatly reducing the dependence on the finite fossil energy sources and move to the environmentally benign sustainable energy. The emphasis will be on sustainability issues, discussion on supply, demand and storage, energy transmission, global warming and carbon management, biomass- resources, uses and production of biofuels, national energy policy discussion, carbon emission, energy security and economics to ensure future energy needs can be met without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.


To provide an understanding of the concept of sustainable energy future, provide critical and thorough introduction to the subject of energy use, fate of fossil fuels, efficiency, costs and the environmental effects, global warming, understanding of the role of thermodynamic principles in energy conversion, energy transport and storage, and automotive fuel economy.


Part 1. Sustainability

  • Sustainable energy, supply, use, costs, efficiency, pollution and climate change
  • Energy sustainability issues/discussion on sustainability issues
  • Energy systems storage and transmission
  • Energy analysis and life cycle assessment

Part II. Efficiency

  • Thermodynamics and efficiency calculations
  • Energy conversion methods, types of energy sources, conversion, power cycles and efficiency

Part II. Policy and Public Perception

  • National energy policy discussion, carbon emission, energy security and economics
  • Automotive technologies and fuel economy policy

Part III. Emissions, global warming and carbon management

  • Global warming and carbon management
  • Regulations, penalties and emissions burden

Part IV. Fossil fuels and biomass for sustainable energy

  • Fossil fuels- why discuss fossil fuels in sustainable energy
  • Biomass- resources, uses and production of biofuels
  • Sustainable Technologies

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • One 160 lecture per week

Last Updated By 
Ashwani. K. Gupta, June 2017