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Extended Study to Norway

ENST 336E: Alternative Energy Research and Implementation

Director: Professor Beth Parks, Department of Physics and Astronomy
On-campus course: Spring 2014
Tentative travel dates: May 12–June 3, 2014
Course credit: 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: ENST336 during the Spring 2014 semester
Students will be accepted from all concentrations, with preference given to ENST concentrators. Secondary preference will be given to students who have completed ENST coursework or science classes that will allow them to contribute to the knowledge basis of the class.
Information Sessions:  Monday, October 7 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 10 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Location: Ho 238

Norway is in an unusual position with regards to energy: it has become a prosperous nation on the basis of its oil reserves, but it is a socially liberal country with a deep commitment to halting global warming. Norway developed the first commercial carbon sequestration site, and it has since built a second, with a third site in development. Additionally, it has committed substantial research funds to energy conservation and alternative energy technologies. The Norway extended study program works at four sites in Norway: Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, and Hammerfest. The first three sites house centers of research on alternative energy and carbon capture; the fourth site is a working carbon capture and storage plant. The group will travel nearly the entire length of Norway, moving about 1,000 miles from south to north, so that by the end of the trip, we will (weather permitting!) experience the famed midnight sun. 

The on-site component will consist of lectures, discussions with experts, and tours of both research labs and industrial facilities.  We will also have excursions to glaciers and fjords, and we will speak with experts about attitudes of Norwegians on fossil fuel and alternative energy. 

The extended study experience will complement the on-campus course.  In the on-campus course, students will learn the fundamentals of existing alternative energy technologies such as wind energy (including land, shallow water, and deep water), solar energy, tidal and wave energy, as well as carbon capture and storage technology. This groundwork will allow students to understand current research projects.

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