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Bachelor Of Technology In Sustainable Energy Systems (Honours)

Globally, we are on the cusp of making fundamental changes to how we transform, distribute and use energy. These changes are driven by many factors, including the development of renewable energy technologies, smart technologies, climate change mitigation policies, and the need for sustainable communities. Sustainable communities, with a particular focus on energy supply and application, can help overcome many of Ontario’s, Canada’s and the world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges.  These ongoing changes in energy technologies and systems require workers who can enable those changes; workers who are well-versed in various energy technologies, how they are integrated to form complete systems, and how those systems perform economically and environmentally.

The broad systems perspective is key to making well-informed decisions that meet the goal of improved sustainability.  An ‘energy system’ is the set of technologies, infrastructure, regulations and behaviours that transform natural resources into the services society wants.  For example, an energy system would include all of the processes, equipment and decisions that turn sunlight into the ability to use social media on your phone.  Achieving sustainable energy systems requires an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Sustainable Energy Systems program covers the technologies associated with energy systems, as well as how to continually assess new energy technologies and changes to energy systems. The curriculum includes courses on individual energy technologies, risks and regulation, as well as business and communication skills. Students will learn the strengths and limitations of various energy supply options, and about the regulatory and political aspects of energy supply. Students may choose between two specializations:  Technologies (broadens technical expertise), and Programs and Policies (with more focus on the business, social, and political elements).

This four-year program is structured to integrate experiential learning like laboratory courses, field trips and research projects, with core course material in order to provide the maximum preparation for this exciting, challenging and essential field.

Included in the program are courses such as:

  • Low Carbon Technologies
  • Community and Urban Design
  • Environmental Protection Systems
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Smart Grids
  • Solar Energy Technologies
  • Wind Energy Systems
  • Leadership, Negotiation and Teamwork
  • Energy Policy, Standards and Safety
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