Carnegie Mellon University
Energy Demand and Utilization

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:
 [1] L. D. D. Harvey, Energy and the New Reality 1: Energy Efficiency and  the Demand for Energy Services. Earthscan Publications Ltd., 2010.
[2] F. Vanek and L. Albright, Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and  Implementation, 1st ed. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
[3] G. Boyle, B. Everett, and J. Ramage, Energy Systems and  Sustainability. Oxford University Press, USA, 2003.

Course Topics:

  1.     Introduction
  2.     History of Energy Demand
  3.     Energy Demand Today and Tomorrow
  4.     Tools for Analyzing the Demand
  5.     Energy Demand of Human Shelters
  6.     The Demand for Electricity
  7.     Energy Demand of Transportation and Industry
  8.     Energy Demand of Municipal Services and Food
  9.     Spec.Topic. (e.g. AC Power and the Energy Demand)
  10.     Guest Lect. (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment and Levelized Cost)
  11.     Energy Audits for Buildings
  12.     Project Presentations: Transportation/Industry
  13.     Project Presentations: Human Shelters/Food