39-611 Energy Demand & Utilization
Professor Costa Samaras
103 Porter Hall
This mini-course examines how human demands for energy have evolved over time and how they differ across nations. The first lectures will provide an overview of the topic with a historical perspective, an evaluation of the present demand and a synthesis of the future projections. The course will then focus on the technologies used in the different sectors: housing, commerce, food, industry and transportation. A variety of tools to support energy analysis and measurement are later introduced. These include some fundamentals of economic analysis, measures of energy efficiency, and some basic ideas of demand response. We will also analyze strategies for inducing the adoption of new more efficient technologies and behaviors, specifically in the context of buildings. The class syllabus from Spring Semester 2016 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