Understand the critical role energy efficiency plays in the fight against climate change
Learn how to develop a mathematical model for the energy consumption of a process and use it to increase efficiency
Learn how to make a business case for an energy efficiency project
Calculate how much money was saved by implementing energy efficiency measures
Describe and calculate the risk associated with a project
What you'll learn
What is energy efficiency?
Learn the what, why and how of energy efficiency in this online course
Energy efficiency is eliminating energy waste.
It allows the same work to be done with less energy.
This simple concept quickly raises a number of questions.
Here are a few:
Why is energy efficiency important?
Did you know that energy efficiency is just as important to fighting climate change as the transition to renewable energies?
According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), if all cost-effective energy efficiency measures were implemented between now and 2040, greenhouse gas emissions would fall 12% relative to today despite a doubling in the size of the economy.
Implementing all cost-effective energy efficiency measures between now and 2040 would result in achieving 40% of the total carbon emissions reduction target.
How can energy efficiency be achieved at the level required to mitigate climate change?
Achieving the level of energy efficiency required to control climate change would require significant investments in the transport, building and industrial sectors.
Energy Efficiency Investments by Sector and Region, 2017
Although 236 billion USD were invested in 2017, to reduce carbon emissions enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, investments in energy efficiency projects overall must double between now and 2025, and then double again after 2025.
This would result in many other economy-wide benefits such as reducing the need for energy imports and lowering energy costs for households, businesses and industries.
Of course, renewable energy technologies can also help to reach these goals, however, improving energy efficiency is the cheapest – and often the quickest – way to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
How can engineers help?
In this course, we ask the question, "How can engineers play an active role in improving energy efficiency?"
Here's a summary of the steps engineers should take.
Determine Energy Consumption Drivers
First, engineers must determine what is driving the energy consumption in their product, process or structure.
Model Energy Consumption
Then, they must derive mathematical models to determine how energy consumption would change under different conditions. This helps to identify energy savings opportunities.
Build a Business Case for the Investment
Once technical solutions have been chosen, engineers must convince the financial officers of their companies to take on these energy efficiency projects.
To do so, engineers must translate their technical case into a convincing business case based on capital budgeting principles.
What is covered in this course
This course provides engineers with a solid understanding of the importance of energy efficiency to the fight against climate change, the techniques employed to model energy consumption and estimate energy savings and includes a crash course in capital budgeting.
By the end of this course, you will be able to present both the technical and financial merit of an energy efficiency project.
An example of an energy efficiency engineering innovation in transportation:
The Hyperloop is a term coined by Elon Musk for a hypothetical high-speed mode of transportation which would essentially consist of passenger cars travelling in a network of tubes.
The Hyperloop passenger capsules would be designed to travel at nearly two times the speed of commercial airplanes while using less energy.
Source: The Daily Mail UK
The Hyperloop design minimizes the two major energy consumption drivers of ground-level transportation:
Friction with the ground
Friction with the air.
It overcomes them by:
Having each passenger capsule float on a 0.02–0.05 inch (0.5–1.3 mm) layer of air using a method resembling the levitation of pucks over an air hockey table.
Containing the passenger capsules inside a steel tube maintained at a partial vacuum.
Using these techniques to eliminate friction with the ground and greatly reduce air resistance, the capsules could glide for the bulk of the journey.
Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (2 min 15 sec)FREE PREVIEW
Capital Budgeting Crash CourseFREE PREVIEW
The Profitability of Energy Efficiency Projects (15 min 17 sec)FREE PREVIEW
Energy efficiency in the buildings sector (1 min 04 sec)FREE PREVIEW
Practise QuizFREE PREVIEW
Measurement and Verification Protocols (24 min 30 sec)
Which Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient? (3 min 21 sec)
Sustainability via energy efficiency in industry (17 min 31 sec)
How Risky is this Energy Efficiency Project? (12 min 37 sec)
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation (21 min 10 sec)
Energy Efficiency in a Nutshell (7 min 01 sec)
Industrial symbiosis (7 min 25 sec)
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