2016 Fundamentals for Energy and Environment (DES)

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Energy Sciences
Nagasaki Takao  Xiao Feng  Oguri Yoshiyuki  Matsumoto Yoshihisa  Suekane Tetsuya 
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Course description and aims

The major topics include global energy balance, environmental problems and their assessment for regional and global atmosphere, atmospheric diffusion and numerical modeling, material circulation in the geosphere including unconventional hydrocarbon recovery, emission control of environmental pollutant due to fossil fuels, energy utilization and the environmental loading, use of nuclear energy and its impact on environment, biological effects of radiation and underlying molecular mechanisms.
The aim of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge on the energy and environment related issues.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the basic knowledge of energy.
2) Describe the impact of energy generation on atmospheric environment and its modeling.
3) State your opinion on energy and environmental issues including fuel supply and CCS, from a view point of energy, environment, social, and economic aspects.
4) Explain the fundamental mechanism of global warming based on radiative energy transport.
5) Explain the methods to calculate combustion temperature, the change of equilibrium composition of burned gas with the increase of combustion temperature, and methods to reduce emissions of environmental pollutants (such as NOx) due to combustion.
6) Explain various methods and their principles for effective use of energy.
7) Describe how nuclear energy systems work and explain their impacts on the global environment.
8) Explain various effects of radiation on human body, including their relationships to radiation dose and underlying mechanisms.


Global warming, Atmospheric environment, Radiative energy transport, Combustion, Effective use of thermal energy, Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), Nuclear energy system, Biological effect of radiation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In some classes, students will be given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of energy and energy resources Acquire the basic knowledge of energy, such as different types of energy, historical development of energy utilization, current state of energy supply and consumption.
Class 2 The atmosphere and climate of the Earth Acquire the basic knowledge about atmosphere of the Earth, such as weather and climate.
Class 3 Atmospheric environment problems Understand the impact of energy generation on atmospheric environment and the approach for assessment.
Class 4 Global warming problem Understand the cause, impact and future trend of global warming of Earth atmosphere.
Class 5 Energy and environment as local issues and global issues Discuss about energy and environmental issues from global and local viewpoints.
Class 6 Carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies Explain the roll of energy, environmental, and social aspects of CCS technologies.
Class 7 Recovery of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources Explain the major issues about the recovery of hydrocarbon resources. What are the technologies which allow us to utilize unconventional hydrocarbon resources?
Class 8 Earth's radiative energy balance Understand fundamentals of radiative energy transport.
Class 9 Fundamentals of combustion and formation of environmental pollutants Ubderstand fundamental knowledge of chemical thermodynamics as a basis of combustion.
Class 10 Effective use of thermal energy Understand various methods for effective use of thermal energy.
Class 11 Utilization of nuclear energy and its impact on environment (I) Understand the operational principle of nuclear fission reactors and the impact of nuclear energy utilization on the global environment.
Class 12 Utilization of nuclear energy and its impact on environment (II) Understand the technologies of nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear waste management.
Class 13 Radiation and radioactive substances Understand fundamentals of radiation and radioactive substances (types, properties, quantities and units).
Class 14 Overview of radiation effects on human body Understand various effects of radiation on human body and their relationships to radiation dose.
Class 15 Mechanism of radiation effects at cellular and molecular level Understand the mechanisms of radiation effects, especially DNA damage and repair.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be provided.

Assessment criteria and methods

report: 80%, exercises: 20%

Related courses

  • ZIF.A403 : Fundamentals for Energy Conversion (DES)
  • ZIF.A404 : Fundamentals for Nuclear Energy Sources (DES)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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