EME 807
Technologies for Sustainability Systems

Summary & Activities


Summary & Activities

In this lesson, we have learned about different elements of power grid system, current issues with maintaining stable power supply, and options for better flexibility and "smart" management of electricity generation and distribution. The demand response technologies are considered game-changing in the Smart Grid models, so we looked at some recent trends and innovations reported in that area. This lesson also touched on the subjects of base load power and distributed generation since both of those topics present key questions for the sustainability of electric power.

Type Assignment Directions Submit To
Reading Complete all necessary reading assigned in this lesson.

Watch the documentary "SWITCH" , which explores the options for future world's energy economy. 

 (Links to an external site.)

Write a reflection (limit to ~500 words) on the following  questions:

    1. What do you see as main challenges standing in the way of switching from conventional energy sources to renewable energy sources? Is such a switch at all possible?

    2. Are there any issues shown in the movie that you disagree with or would like to debate? Please provide an example and proper argument.

Post your reflection onto the Lesson 9 Discussion Forum on Canvas. Comment on at least two other posts. Reply to any questions asked on your post.

Deadline: for initial posting - this Sunday  / for comment to other posts - Wednesday night (check exact dues dates on Canvas calendar).


Lesson 9 Discussion 

Reading Quiz

 Energy Storage Technologies (6 short questions) - see Canvas

Deadline: Wednesday (before midnight) - check exact due dates on Canvas calendar.


Lesson 9 Activity 

Course Project

This week you need to finalize and submit the technical review for your course project. This interim report should summarize important operational data on your technology of choice. It can cover history, the current status of the technology, technical principles, readiness for implementation (TRL), promise, technical obstacles (e.g., efficiency, design flaws, etc.), and examples of application (if any).

This review will be an important resource for you draw from when you build the implementation proposal in the end of the course. Please visit Lesson 12 (Page 12.5) for more guidance on technical review preparation. 

Deadline: Wednesday (before midnight) - check exact due dates on Canvas calendar.


Course Project Module 

References for Lesson 9:

DOE, 2007. DOE Buildings Energy Data Book. U.S. Department of Energy.