39-611 Energy Demand & Utilization
Professor Costa Samaras
103 Porter Hall
This course examines how human demands for energy have evolved over time and how they differ across nations. The course begins from a historical perspective and proceeds to an evaluation of present demand and synthesis of future projections. The course focuses on the technologies used in the different sectors: housing, commerce, food, industry and transportation. Students successfully completing this course will become familiar with a variety of tools for energy analysis and measurement, including some fundamentals of economic analysis, energy efficiency, and demand response. We will also analyze strategies for inducing the adoption of efficient technologies and consumption. The class syllabus from Spring Semester 2019 is available for more information (pdf)
No specific textbook(s) required. Recommended sources are:
 L. D. D. Harvey, Energy and the New Reality 1: Energy Efficiency and the Demand for Energy Services. Earthscan Publications Ltd., 2010.
 F. Vanek and L. Albright, Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation, 1st ed. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
 G. Boyle, B. Everett, and J. Ramage, Energy Systems and Sustainability. Oxford University Press, USA, 2003.
- History of Energy Demand
- Energy Demand Today and Tomorrow
- Tools for Analyzing the Demand
- Energy Demand of Human Shelters
- The Demand for Electricity
- Energy Demand of Transportation and Industry
- Energy Demand of Municipal Services and Food
- Spec.Topic. (e.g. AC Power and the Energy Demand)
- Guest Lect. (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment and Levelized Cost)
- Energy Audits for Buildings
- Project Presentations: Transportation/Industry
- Project Presentations: Human Shelters/Food