The current energy system based on fossil fuels is one of the most damaging human activities on the environment. A radical change is needed in energy planning as a critical step towards a system that could take socio-ecological systems into a safe environmental space. This course focuses on renewable energy technology in Denmark, Germany, and Spain. Specifically, how a renewable energy system can be planned integrating the technical, social, environmental, and economic perspectives.
In the travel component of this course we travel to the Andalusian region in Spain to visit different solar technology installations that are unique to Europe, such as Gemasolar. We visit the University of Seville, meet with experts in the field, and visit the engineering laboratories. You have the opportunity to meet students from the university and share points of view and ideas about the future of renewable energy. We also experience the cultural wealth in Seville and visit places such as the Alcazar de Sevilla, the Plaza de España, Seville’s Cathedral, and a flamenco show.