10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: A least one of A Level Chemistry or Physics

Aims/Description: This unit introduces students to aspects of the generation and utilisation of energy and its environmental consequences with particular emphasis on materials-related topics. An overview of electricity generation and utilisation is given covering both conventional technologies (fossil fuel), nuclear and renewable (wind, water, solar, biomass, geothermal). Battery systems and fuel cells are covered, together with the use of coatings in various energy generation, conservation and storage systems and the environmental considerations concerning CO2 emissions and methods for its sequestration.

Staff Contact: HAND RUSSELL J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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