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Educating Future Energy Engineers for Sustainability: Case Study in Energy Economy

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2015, pp 26-48
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.2015.03.0003
Şiir Kilkiş
Faculty of Sciences Energy Engineering Graduate Program, Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey


This paper analyzes the case study of an interdisciplinary course in Energy Economy that was developed at the Energy Engineering Graduate Program at Başkent University. The course integrated several unique pedagogical features to satisfy the aim of developing a working knowledge in energy economy with an energy systems perspective. The novel aspects of the course thematically led to a capstone research project where 5 teams of 17 course participants analyzed their prioritized solutions towards improving the energy self-sufficiency of the campus based on the practice of energy economy. The results of the teams’ solutions towards a net-zero energy/exergy campus included electric buses for city-campus transport, poly-generation for the new Arts Center, LED/OLED lighting for campus lighting, dynamo driven/piezoelectric sports center, biofuels from the university-owned dairy products farm, and an energy efficient technology incubation center. This unique course with participatory learning is compared with others before concluding that the case study is a useful international example for energy economy.

Keywords: Education, Energy economy, Engineering, Participatory learning, Sustainability, Net-zero energy campus.

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