Energy Topics

Throughout its history, the Institute has been a leader in energy research.

A windmill.
In 1874, a steam engine was donated to be part of the newly created mechanical engineering laboratory. In 1939, Professor John Wilbur was chief engineer of the world's first effort to derive energy from the wind by means of a large machine operating on an electric utility network. One year later, Professor Hoyt Hottel built the first solar house on MIT's campus. These visionaries were early leaders in the energy research that continues today at MIT. Recently, Professor Daniel Nocera invented a compound that produces hydrogen gas with the help of a catalyst and a zap of light, a step toward creating energy from sunlight, as plants do.

An integral part of MIT's history of problem solving is the convergence of science, technology, and policy. Today, the Institute brings its strengths in science, technology, urban design, and economics together in an interdisciplinary approach to a crisis that threatens our security, our environment, and our economic future.

The following courses represent a selection of Energy-related courses at MIT.

From understanding how a combustion engine works to considering the energy impact of urban planning, these courses provide resources for understanding the current energy crisis and ways to develop solutions to this world-wide problem.

Energy Topics

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Buildings

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
4.401 Introduction to Building Technology Spring 2006
4.411 Building Technology Laboratory Spring 2004
4.42J Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings Fall 2008
4.430 Daylighting Fall 2006
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Fall 2006
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Climate

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
15.023J Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy Spring 2008
2.500 Desalination and Water Purification Spring 2009
2.58J Radiative Transfer Spring 2006
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
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Combustion

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
10.391J Sustainable Energy January IAP 2007
10.391J Sustainable Energy Spring 2005
2.58J Radiative Transfer Spring 2006
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Spring 2004
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
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Electricity

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
10.391J Sustainable Energy January IAP 2007
10.391J Sustainable Energy Spring 2005
14.44 Energy Economics Spring 2007
22.812J Managing Nuclear Technology Spring 2004
3.53 Electrochemical Processing of Materials Spring 2001
6.685 Electric Machines Fall 2005
6.691 Seminar in Electric Power Systems Spring 2006
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
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ESD.934 Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector Spring 2010
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Fall 2006
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Fossil fuels

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
10.391J Sustainable Energy January IAP 2007
10.391J Sustainable Energy Spring 2005
14.44 Energy Economics Spring 2007
2.24 Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022) Spring 2002
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Spring 2004
22.313J Thermal Hydraulics in Power Technology Spring 2007
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Fall 2006
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Fuel cells

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Spring 2004
3.53 Electrochemical Processing of Materials Spring 2001
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
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Hydrogen and alternatives

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Spring 2004
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
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Renewables

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
10.391J Sustainable Energy January IAP 2007
10.391J Sustainable Energy Spring 2005
2.24 Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022) Spring 2002
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Spring 2004
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
NEW
ESD.934 Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector Spring 2010
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Technology

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
1.033 Mechanics of Material Systems: An Energy Approach Fall 2003
10.391J Sustainable Energy January IAP 2007
10.391J Sustainable Energy Spring 2005
2.57 Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes Fall 2004
2.58J Radiative Transfer Spring 2006
4.401 Introduction to Building Technology Spring 2006
6.685 Electric Machines Fall 2005
6.701 Introduction to Nanoelectronics Spring 2010
8.21 The Physics of Energy Fall 2009
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Fall 2006
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Transportation

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
2.611 Marine Power and Propulsion Fall 2006
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