Sample Courses

CHE308 – Chemical Processes for Energy Generation and Storage

This course covers the chemistry and chemical engineering involved in various forms of power generation and storage, such as alternative liquid fuels, nuclear power, fuel cells and solar cells/photovoltaics. This is a team-taught course with instruction from leading experts within the Faculty. Lectures will be focused around the presentation and analysis of recent published accounts or a review of the state of the art, while providing the necessary background within each field to enable students to make objective critiques of the topics discussed. Where applicable, the design of facilities and devices for the forms of generation or storage will be discussed.

ENV346 – Terrestrial Energy Systems

This course explores various earth systems for energy transformation, storage and transport. Geological, hydrological, biological, cosmological and oceanographic energy systems are considered in the context of the Earth as a dynamic system, including the variation of solar energy received by the planet and the redistribution of this energy through various radiative, latent and sensible heat transfer mechanisms. It considers the energy redistribution role of large scale atmospheric systems, of warm and cold ocean currents, the role of the polar regions and the functioning of various hydrological systems. The contribution and influence of tectonic systems on the surface systems is briefly introduced, as well the important role of energy storage processes in physical and biological systems, including the accumulation of fossil fuel reserves.

MIE303 – Mechanical and Thermal Energy Conversion processes

This covers discusses engineering applications of thermodynamics in the analysis and design of heat engines and other thermal energy conversion processes within an environmental framework. Topics to be covered include: steam power plants, gas cycles in internal combustion engines, gas turbines and jet engines, fossil fuel combustion, alternative fuel combustions, fusion processes and introduction to advanced systems of fuel cells.

APS305 – Energy Policy

Introduction to public policy including the role and interaction of technology and regulation, policy reinforcing/feedback cycles; procedures for legislation and policy setting at the municipal, provincial and federal levels; dimensions of energy policy; energy planning and forecasting including demand management and conservation incentives; policy institution, analysis, implementation, evaluation and evolution. Critical analyses of case studies of energy and associated environmental policies with respect to conservation and demand management for various utilities and sectors; policy derivatives for varied economic and social settings, developing countries and associated impacts.

ECE413 – Energy Systems and Distributed Generation

This course covers three-phase systems; steady-state transmission line model; symmetrical three-phase faults; power system stability; symmetrical components; unsymmetrical faults and fault current calculation; distribution network; equivalent steady-state model of voltage-sourced converter; distributed energy resources (DR); distributed energy storage; interface between DR and power system.