ENGRCEE 267 Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Air Quality (2017-2018)

ENGRCEE 267 Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Air Quality

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 267 Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Air Quality (Credit Units: 4) An introduction to the connection between energy, climate change, and urban air quality. It will focus on air quality and climate implications of energy choices, bringing light to the most important time-relevant issues. Graduate ONLY. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
None
Recommended Textbook:
None
References:

Web based research and references

Coordinator:
Derek Dunn-Rankin
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Develop problem solving and research skills.

2. Critically evaluate environmental implications of energy choices.

3. Develop an understanding of air quality policy as related to energy.

4. Compare and contrast air quality effects of both traditional and alternative energy sources.

5. Develop and practice relevant data analysis techniques.

6. Exercise oral presentation and writing skills.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Role of energy in society. History of energy use. Energy use by country. Introduction to air pollution problems.
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: Ozone. Chemistry of O 3 formation (VOCs, NOx, and UV). Energy related sources of O 3 precursors.
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: PM 2.5 . Composition of PM 2.5 . Chemistry of PM 2.5 formation. Direct and indirect effect of aerosols. Energy related primary and secondary sources of PM 2.5 .
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics. Chemistry of SO 2 formation. Mercury chemistry. Energy related sources of SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics.
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics. Chemistry of SO 2 formation. Mercury chemistry. Energy related sources of SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics.
  • Climate change overview/review. Evidence of climate change, historical record, physics, GHGs, carbon cycle, modern and ancient carbon, GWP, BC.
  • Stationary energy related sources of air pollution. Explore how energy technologies affect air pollution and climate. (coal, nuclear, wind, solar, waste to energy, biomass burning, distributed generation, distributed energy storage systems, demand response)
  • Mobile energy related sources of air pollution. Explore how energy technologies affect air pollution and climate. (gasoline vehicles, diesel vehicles, 2stroke and 4stroke gasoline engines, natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen combustion, hybrid electric vehicles)
  • Air quality and climate impacts of biofuels. Lifecycle analysis, effect on O 3 , PM 2.5 , and GHGs.
  • Air quality and climate effects of natural gas drilling and combustion.
  • Air pollution control technology applied to energy related mobile source emissions: catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters, evaporative emission controls, etc.
  • Air pollution control technology applied to energy related stationary source emissions: carbon capture, carbon storage, electrostatic precipitators, fluegas desulfurization, etc.
  • Tour of Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) Building.
  • Methods of air quality control. History of air pollution. History of California policies and regulations.
  • History of federal policies and regulations. Summary of current national air quality regulations. Clean Air Act.
  • Energy efficiency and conservation measures.
Lecture Topics:
  • Role of energy in society. History of energy use. Energy use by country. Introduction to air pollution problems.
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: Ozone. Chemistry of O 3 formation (VOCs, NOx, and UV). Energy related sources of O 3 precursors.
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: PM 2.5 . Composition of PM 2.5 . Chemistry of PM 2.5 formation. Direct and indirect effect of aerosols. Energy related primary and secondary sources of PM 2.5 .
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics. Chemistry of SO 2 formation. Mercury chemistry. Energy related sources of SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics.
  • Major energy derived air quality problems: SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics. Chemistry of SO 2 formation. Mercury chemistry. Energy related sources of SO 2 , Hg, and air toxics.
  • Climate change overview/review. Evidence of climate change, historical record, physics, GHGs, carbon cycle, modern and ancient carbon, GWP, BC.
  • Stationary energy related sources of air pollution. Explore how energy technologies affect air pollution and climate. (coal, nuclear, wind, solar, waste to energy, biomass burning, distributed generation, distributed energy storage systems, demand response)
  • Mobile energy related sources of air pollution. Explore how energy technologies affect air pollution and climate. (gasoline vehicles, diesel vehicles, 2stroke and 4stroke gasoline engines, natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen combustion, hybrid electric vehicles)
  • Air quality and climate impacts of biofuels. Lifecycle analysis, effect on O 3 , PM 2.5 , and GHGs.
  • Air quality and climate effects of natural gas drilling and combustion.
  • Air pollution control technology applied to energy related mobile source emissions: catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters, evaporative emission controls, etc.
  • Air pollution control technology applied to energy related stationary source emissions: carbon capture, carbon storage, electrostatic precipitators, fluegas desulfurization, etc.
  • Tour of Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) Building.
  • Methods of air quality control. History of air pollution. History of California policies and regulations.
  • History of federal policies and regulations. Summary of current national air quality regulations. Clean Air Act.
  • Energy efficiency and conservation measures.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

The use of data analysis software is highly encouraged and may be required for certain problem sets and the final project.

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component
Design Content Description
Approach:
Lectures:
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Problem Sets: 30% (6 problem sets each graded out of 10 possible points)
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Final Project: 15%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

Prepared:
December 21, 2016
Senate Approved:
November 9, 2016
Approved Effective:
2017 Fall Qtr