Energy, Economy and Environment

As a result of increasing energy demand, concerns regarding security of supply and the need to de-carbonise energy supplies to mitigate climate change, sustainable energy provisioning is one of the critical challenges society faces. This course provides an overview of energy technologies and the energy system within the UK. Following an introduction on why energy is important, the forms of energy and how it is used, the course focuses on each of the key energy technologies in turn. The specifics of each energy technology including how it works, how much is produced, economics, environmental impacts and its current role in the energy mix will be outlined. Energy distribution networks, overall policy drivers and future energy mixes will also be detailed. The module comprises lecture, workshop and field trip-based learning and will be assessed by two coursework submissions and an exam.