Energy and Society
9 units (3-2-4) | third term
Prerequisites: Ph 1 ab, Ma 1 ab, Ch 1 ab..
A discussion of where our energy comes from and how we use it. Resources of oil, coal, natural gas, oil sands, and shale gas. Alternative energy sources: hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, geothermal, solar photovoltaic, and solar thermal. Combustion, steam engines, gas turbines, internal-combustion engines, fuel cells and batteries. The electricity grid and transmission lines, agriculture and biofuels, freight and passenger transportation, and heating and lighting of buildings. Not offered on a pass/fail basis. Satisfies the menu requirement of the Caltech core curriculum. Not offered 2017-18.
Energy Technology and Policy
9 units (3-0-6) | first term
Prerequisites: Ph 1 abc, Ch 1 ab, and Ma 1 abc..
Energy technologies and the impact of government policy. Fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables for electricity production and transportation. Resource models and climate change policies. New and emerging technologies.
Power System Analysis
9 units (3-3-3) | second term
Prerequisites: EE 44, Ma 2, or equivalent.
Basic power system analysis: phasor representation, 3-phase transmission system, transmission line models, transformer models, per-unit analysis, network matrix, power flow equations, power flow algorithms, optimal powerflow (OPF) problems, swing dynamics and stability. Current research topics such as (may vary each year): convex relaxation of OPF, frequency regulation, energy functions and contraction regions, volt/var control, storage optimization, electric vehicles charging, demand response.
Special Topics in Energy Science and Technology
Units to be arranged
Subject matter will change from term to term depending upon staff and student interest, but will generally center on modes of energy storage and conversion. Not offered 2017-18.
Published Date: July 28, 2022