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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
  Jan 20, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog
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ESS 110 - Energy for the World

3 Credit Hours
Energy is one of the basic units of our physical world, and its availability strongly defines a populace's standard of living. Debates over the risks related to fracking, mining, nuclear power, hydroelectric dams, wind farms, solar farms, burning fossil fuels and implications for climate change will be weighed against the need to deliver power to an increasing human population. In this course we will investigate how energy is derived from all the available technologies: from coal to tidal. This will include the full aspect of energy consumption including: infrastructure, mining, energy storage, energy delivery, and waste disposal. As we discuss various countries and how they derive their energy, we will see that the proportion and the total amount of energy generated by the various technologies differ dramatically. Lastly we will discuss the inherent conflict generally between energy producers (generating self-wealth) and those downstream of the energy production (enduring poor environmental conditions), and how this conflict is becoming intergenerational.

Satisfies General Education Requirement: (NS)

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