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Derek Elsworth, Energy and Mineral Engineering and Geosciences, EMS, PSU  


This course examines methods of energy recovery and conversion from conventional fossil fuels through renewables. Students investigate the political, economic, scientific and technological factors driving the recovery and utilization of energy using New Zealand as an archetypical example.


Following are some of the products from the students who participated in this class.......


Contemporary View of Energy and Society

        The New World of Oil

        Securing the Supply

        The Electric Age

        New Energies The Road to the Future


Energy - Analysis of Energy Supply

        A US and Global Perspective on Coal

        A US and Global Perspective on Petroleum & Natural Gas

        A US and Global Perspective on Nuclear Energy

        A US and Global Perspective on Non-Depletable Energy Resources


Contextual Studies - Energy in New Zealand

        Travel Itinerary         Map

        Dispatches from the Field   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  


Final Projects

        The Energy Landscape: New Zealand and Beyond

        A Comparison between the Renewable Energy and Resources of Ecuador and New Zealand

        The Potential of Solar Power in New Zealand

        Analysis of Reduction of Methane Release from Ruminant Animals

        Investment in Hydropower Generation: New Zealand and Peru

        New Zealand and Iceland: Energy Similarities and Differences

        Reducing New Zealand Transportation Emissions

        Hydrogen Production using Wind and Hydro in New Zealand

        Marine Energy Potential in New Zealand

        Is Solar Right for New Zealand