ENGG 173: Energy Utilization
Industrial societies are presently powered primarily by fossil fuels. Continuing to supply energy at the rate it is now used will be problematic, regardless of the mix of fossil fuels and alternatives that is used; yet western consumption patterns spreading through the rest of the world and other trends portend large increases in demand for energy services. Increased energy efficiency will be essential for meeting these challenges, both to reduce fossil-fuel consumption and to make significant reliance on alternatives feasible. Technical issues in efficient systems for energy utilization will be surveyed across major uses, with in-depth technical analysis of critical factors determining possible, practical, and economical efficiency improvements in both present technology and potential future developments. Areas addressed include lighting, motors and drive systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, transportation, appliances and electronics.
Fuel Efficiency Challenge: Engineering students drove an automotive simulator with the goal of using as little fuel as possible for their ENGG 173 course.
Hypermiling Competition: As part of the 2010 Energy Utilization course, students drove simulators in a real-time hypermiling driving competition. The goal: to use techniques that maximize fuel economy.