Carnegie Mellon University
Energy Conversion and Supply

39-610 Energy Conversion & Supply

Professor Paul Salvador
5105 Scott Hall

This is the first course in the EST&P core mini-course sequence where masters students learn the basic workings of the systems that supply, distribute, and utilize energy. This class will consider fossil energy, nuclear energy, and renewable energy resources. The course will provide some basic thermodynamics and will cover both conventional and emerging energy conversion technologies. Specific technology examples may vary from semester to semester selected from such important topics as photovoltaics, fuel cells, carbon sequestration and biofuels. The class syllabus for Fall Semester 2018 is available for more information (pdf)

Reference Texts:
     “Energy Resources” by T. I. Erski, Lulu Enterprises Incorporated, 2012.
     “Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, 8th Ed.,” M. J. Moran, H. N. Shapiro, D. B. Boettner, and M. B. Bailey, Wiley, 2014.
     “Energy Systems Engineering, 3rd Ed.,” F. M. Vanek, L. D. Albright, and L. T. Angenent, McGraw Hill, 2016.

TOPICS COVERED (tentative weekly schedule):

  1. Course Introduction, Energy Units
  2. Thermodynamics I: Laws, Carnot Cycle/Engine, Efficiencies
  3. Thermodynamics I and Thermodynamics II: Enthalpy, Heat Capacities, Reactions, Entropy, T-S, Other Cycles
  4. Thermodynamics II
  5. Thermodynamics II and Energy Systems Economics
  6. Global Climate Change and Comparing Efficiencies and Cost of Various Energy Suppy Options
  7. Carbon Sequestration, The Physics of Radioactivity
  8. Group Presentations A: Oil, Gas, Coal
  9. The Physics of Radioactivity and The Physics of Solar Cells
  10. Group Presentations B: Geothermal, Hydroelectric, Wind
  11. Batteries and Fuel Cells, Biomass
  12. Group Presentations C: Nuclear, PV, CSP