ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 5364 Electric Energy and Environmental Systems


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ECE 5364 Electric Energy and Environmental Systems (3C)

Role of electricity from fossil and nuclear fuels, and renewable resources. Impact of high voltage transmission lines. Health effects of electricity generation. Assessment of cogeneration cycles and demand side management. Emission control in the US electric utility industry. Evaluation of uncertainties in quantifying emissions impacts.

What is the reason for this course?

This course covers current advanced topics for the analysis of environmental impacts from electric power generation, transmission and use. With the passage of Clean Air Act Amendments and the Energy Policy Act in the United States, and the increased worldwide awareness about global warming and ozone layer depletion, it has become imperative that electrical engineers understand the major sources of harmful emissions. They need to know how these are produced, how to mitigate their impacts, and how the substitute technologies work. They also need to learn how a diverse set of options in electricity generation and use can be prioritized for minimizing their societal impacts.

Typically offered: Fall. Program Area: Power.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

This course assumes the knowledge of/familiarity with/background in: Electric energy from renewable energy sources, characteristics of energy conversion, characteristics of storage devices, and environmental effects of fossil fuel burning.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Develop appropriate analytical tools to quantify levels of emissions produced by electric power plants;
  • Explain how emissions from power plants are distributed and what impacts they cause;
  • Quantify how demand side management and conservation activities can mitigate the adverse effects of power plant emissions;
  • Model the impacts of supply-side and demand-side options; and
  • Prioritize different alternatives for minimizing environmental impacts by using uncertainty evaluation techniques.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Role of Electricity in Energy Balance 6%
Environmental Impacts of Electricity from Fossil Fuels 6%
Environmental Impacts of Electricity from Nuclear Fuels 6%
Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Sources 6%
Environmental Pathways and Impact of Residuals 9%
Impacts of High Voltage Transmission Lines 6%
Assessment of Health Effects of Electricity Generation 6%
Emission Control in the US Electric Utility Industry 10%
Life Cycle Assessment Activities 15%
Energy Efficiency, DSM and Conservation 10%
Development of an Uncertainty Evaluation Model 20%

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