Plentiful and affordable energy defines the modern industrialized world. How can affordable energy be provided in countries that currently lack this necessary infrastructure? This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of power generation technologies: fossil fuel-burning power systems, nuclear power, hydropower, wind power, solar power, geothermal power, biomass, tidal power and fuel cells. We will also discuss their economic and global environmental impacts as well as centralized vs. decentralized power generation systems. Special emphasis will be placed on the energy needs and resources of the countries we visit on this voyage.
Field WorkCountry: Trinidad and Tobago
Day: 1 - Thursday, 26 November