Sustainable Energy

PCGS postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Dogaris working in the algae biofuels lab on campus.
PCGS postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Dogaris working with algae in the Biofuels & Bioproducts Laboratory

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Concentration Description

The Sustainable Energy Concentration uses expert knowledge and real-world expertise to prepare students for the growing field of renewable energy, which is expected to increase dramatically over the next decades, as the U.S. and other countries seek to become more sustainable by increasingly switching to renewable fuels and power. Students will be prepared for private and public sector positions of leadership and responsibility in the biofuels, solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable energy sectors. The concentration is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds.


Concentration Director

Dr. George Philippidis
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Concentration Director
Sustainable Energy
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gphilippidis@usf.edu
Office: CGS 0243 
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Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)
Choose three

  • IDS 6207 – RENEWABLE TRANSPORTATION FUELS (3)

The course provides energy practitioners with a thorough understanding of the technology, business, and financial and sustainability issues of renewable transportation fuels, which are intended to power vehicles and aviation as the economy shifts towards a greener and more sustainable basis.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

  • IDS 6208 – RENEWABLE POWER PORTFOLIO (3)

The course analyzes the market status and growth potential of the portfolio of renewable power sources (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, biogas), production technologies, economics and financing, infrastructure integration and smart grid issues, and regulatory and environmental aspects.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

  • IDS 6210 – BIORESOURCES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE (3)

Agricultural and biological resources (bioresources) for producing food, bio-based products, and renewable energy are presented and discussed along with their environmental and climate change impact using an integrated food-energy-water nexus approach.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

  • ECH 5931 – SOLAR ENERGY AND APPLICATIONS (3)

Nature and availability of solar radiation, thermal collection and storage, conversion to heat for heating, cooling and industrial process heat, conversion to electricity by thermal power and photovoltaics, solar environmental application by photocatalysis.

*This course is only available on-campus.

  • EEL 6935 – SUSTAINABLE ENERGY (3)

This course aims to introduce students to concepts of sustainable energy conversion. Solar, wind, hydroelectricity, hydrogen, biomass and geothermal energy conversion methods as well as main storage technologies will be discussed. These major conversion methods will be quantitatively compared throughout the course with the main energy consumption pathways of human societies in different parts of the globe. Energy consumption of transportation, heating/cooling, food production and manufacturing of goods will be discussed. Energy savings potentials of the various consumption pathways will also be examined. After successful participation in this course students will be able to asses technological aspects of public energy policy, as well as have the foundation for advanced study of sustainable energy topics.

*This course is only available on-campus.

  • IDS 6222 – NAVIGATING THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD ENERGY WATER NEXUS (3)

The FEW nexus helps students navigate the complexities of sustainability, using systems thinking and case studies in food, energy, and water to create industrial ecology systems, closing the loop from the solar energy that sustains food production through food waste to new food.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*This course is currently pending approval and may be taken as an elective.


On successful completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Articulate the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of renewable fuels and renewable power in today’s and tomorrow’s economy
  • Comprehend the entire supply chain of renewable energy
  • Understand the spectrum of renewable energy technologies currently employed and under development
  • Become familiar with the economics and finance of renewable energy production
  • Understand environmental, regulatory, and sustainability issues as renewable fuels and power spread around the world

For more information about this concentration, please contact the PCGS Academic Programs Director,

Randall Pape
rpape@usf.edu

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