Alternative Energy

Satisfying the energy needs of an expanding global population is one of the most important challenges of this generation’s engineers. Electrochemical technology for energy conversion and storage is needed to shift from non-renewables to more sustainable, distributed energy systems. This includes batteries, electrolyzers, fuel cells and supercapacitors, all of which are constructed using electrochemistry.

Situated at the interface of applied chemistry and engineering design, the Engineering Chemistry program is uniquely positioned in the field of alternative energy. The curriculum combines fundamental electrochemistry with chemical thermodynamics and transport phenomena, producing graduates capable of creating, testing and manufacturing energy systems for consumer and industrial applications.

Courses that contribute to this design specialty include:

  • CHEE 210 Thermodynamics of Energy Conversion Systems
  • CHEE 270  ChemEtronics
  • CHEE 461   Electrochemical Engineering
  • ENCH 451  Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis
Chemical Diagnostics

How do you store excess energy generated by solar/wind farms for later use? What are the efficiencies of different energy storage technologies, and how does their performance relate to their cost? These are some of the energy-related questions that Engineering Chemists answer in their laboratory and project-based work.