This course will provide an overview of the various types of renewable energy technologies that are rapidly growing today. Introduction will include an overview of the key operating principles, basic components of each technology, deployment in Canada as well as advantages and disadvantages. The course will also cover an introduction to many of the key issues that surround energy technology choices such as demand and energy policy. Topics will include introductions to Energy Terminology, Energy Markets, Energy Consumption in Canada, Climate Change Policy, Traditional Energy Systems, Operating Principals of Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Biomass and Hydro power systems, including pros and cons as well as challenges and opportunities they are facing.
Students will not be required to have a technical background, but the technology overviews will include the fundamental governing equations to demonstrate the key variables that dictate performance.
Tim Weis has focused on renewable energy with a particular interest in wind energy and remote community wind-diesel hybrid applications. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he spent much of his career focused the interactions of technology, policy and business for renewable energy, including working for the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Wind Energy Association and the Government of Alberta. He is cross-appointed to the Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment (CABREE) in the School of Business as the Executive Director of Electricity Research, where he works on questions around the evolution of Alberta’s electricity market as it transitions off of coal to an increasing role for renewable energy, including the role for energy storage, wind energy price impacts and policy modelling.