Energy Systems

ME EN 5960/6960 Section 004, Spring 2017

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What it’s about:

  • How can we use distributed energy systems like generator sets, turbines, and solar panels for sustainability?
  • How do they integrate with a building or facility based on its location and energy needs?
  • How do we quantitatively analyze all this?

Catalog Listing:

Mathematical modeling and simulation of building energy systems and distributed energy resources; Thermoeconomic evaluation of energy efficiency improvements and calculation of primary energy consumption; Quantification of environmental impacts associated with energy production and consumption, particularly emissions and water usage; Systems thinking, parametric and sensitivity analysis methods for models of integrated energy systems.


This course is designed for engineers to learn to model and evaluate the energy performance of alternative energy systems for the built environment, and to assess their economic and environmental sustainability.


  • ME EN 3600 Thermo II
  • ME EN 3650 Heat Transfer
  • ME EN 3700 Fluids
  • MATLAB or other programming proficiency
  • SketchUp or other CAD proficiency
  • Mathematical and technical communication skills sufficient for graduate-level coursework

Course Info:

MWF 8:35-9:25 am

Undergraduate section 5960-004
Graduate section 6960-004

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Mechanical Engineering emphasis areas: Thermal Science and Energy Engineering, Modeling


Student Site:

Class Schedule, Readings, and Assignments

Other Resources:

EIA Glossary

EIA Annual Energy Outlook

EIA Monthly Energy Review

EPA CHP Catalog 2014

EIA DG System Characteristics and Costs

NREL DG Technology Costs

EPA Power Profiler

EPA Energy Star Source Energy Technical Reference


EIA State Energy Data System

EnergyPlus Documentation

EnergyPlus downloads

Commercial Prototype Building Models

EnergyPlus-formatted TMY3 weather files

UU CHP System Project Profile

Global Warming Potential

Methane and NOx Emissions

Energy Units from APS

EIA LPG facts


EPA Emissions Factors for GHG Inventories

Hawaii’s electric system

DOE (NREL) Source Energy and Emission Factors for Energy Use in Buildings

Energy Star Portfolio Manager Technical Reference: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights

Integrated Technology in Architecture Center –  ITAC

CIFE – Center for Integrated Facility Engineering


Rio Mesa Center

Design Build Bluff

LCOE Calculator

EIA LCOE values

Seven Canyons Trust

Wind generation seasonal patterns vary across the United States

NREL Life Cycle Assessment Harmonization

Direct Emissions from Stationary Combustion Sources

CO2 in SLC

Land-Atmosphere Interactions Research Group

FAQ about PM2.5