GTSU2015: Green Energy Innovation for Sustainable City (3 units)

GTSU2015: Green Energy Innovation for Sustainable City



Course Aims:

Energy production and consumption is the biggest contributor of pollution and greenhouse gases worldwide. To avert the dire consequences of climate change and build towards a sustainable future, in particular for densely populated and energy intensive cities like Hong Kong, we need to develop and implement green energy initiatives across all sectors. This course introduces students (no science background is needed) to basic concepts of green building, transport and city design with a focus on cutting-edge green energy technologies, e.g., energy-saving and renewable energy technologies. Case studies of existing green buildings and transportation systems as well as the most energy-efficient cities, such as Reykjavik (Iceland) and San Francisco (US), will engage students to apply their knowledge to assess green technologies in practice, propose measures applicable to Hong Kong, and formulate ideas for sustainable city development.


Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

CILO

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CIL1

Describe the basic principles of green energy technologies, such as energy-saving and renewable technologies, and discuss energy supply and consumption from local and global perspectives.

CIL2

Use simple quantitative analysis to estimate energy efficiency and energy reduction by different green technologies.

CIL3

Use simple quantitative analysis to estimate energy efficiency and energy reduction by different green technologies.



Course Content:

I.

Energy Supply and Consumption

II.

Energy-saving technologies

III.

Clean Energy Technologies

IV.

Case Studies

 


Textbook:

None


Assessments:

Assignments (30%)
Individual Project Report (25%)
Group Presentation (15%)
Final Examination (30%)