Carnegie Mellon University
Energy Transport and Storage

39-613 Energy Transport and Storage

Professor Paul Ohodnicki
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The logistics and cost of moving and storing energy vary greatly by energy form and geographic region. This mini begins with a global look at resources and the sources, movements, processing and storage of fossil and nuclear fuels. Once fuels have been delivered and converted to heat or electricity, the issues of moving and storage re-emerge. Efficient use of renewable electric power resources is considered, with emphasis on distributed resources and managing variability and intermittency. The technical and economic aspects of electric power transmission, distribution and storage are also evaluated. Management, regulation and operation of the grid are evaluated, including various SmartGrid and MicroGrid initiatives and technologies in the US and worldwide.

Students will work in project teams to research and evaluate regional energy transport & storage infrastructure & status for an assigned region. Student will make projections of future regional T&S needs, challenges and shortfalls (~25 years). Finally, students will evaluate options (qualitatively and quantitatively) and recommend optimal new and modified energy transport & storage infrastructure and practices needed for the assigned region. The class syllabus from Fall Semester 2018 is available for more information (pdf)

Class Lectures / Discussion topics:

    Overview, motivation, and context
    Coal transport
    Nuclear fuel cycle
    Gas and oil transport / storage
    Energy transport & economics, district heating
    Renewables and the grid: solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, biofuels
    Electric power fundamentals
    Electric power distribution (high voltage transmission; wholesale markets)
    Smart grid (power flow)
    Smart grid (information flow)
    Micro grid; Distributed Generation & Storage
    Grid-scale Storage (current & future)
    Poster session for group projects

Summaries of student presentations from the Spring 2015 class: