E^3: Extreme Energy Efficiency
A Unique and Rewarding Extreme Energy Efficiency Course
CEE 107R/207R • Offered Winter and Spring Quarters 2024 • 3-5 Units
Winter Quarter 2024, In-Person
Wednesdays 1:30PM-4:20PM PT
Also offered Spring Quarter, Same Times
Check out the Stanford News article about the success of delivering our virtual 2020 course during the COVID-19 pandemic here!
This year's course will be held in person during winter quarter on Wednesdays from 1:30PM-4:20PM PT, and in spring quarter (April 3 - June 5, same times). There will also be no application this year, as we can accommodate all interested students! We are excited to have this experiential learning course with world-renowned Amory Lovins, from Rocky Mountain Institute and Dr. Joel Swisher, former RMI managing director and Stanford instructor. We hope you will join us!
Be part of a unique course about extreme energy efficiency and integrative design! We wil meet for once a week throughout the winter quarter. The course will focus on efficiency techniques’ design, performance, choice, evolution, integration, barrier-busting, profitable business-led implementation, and implications for energy supply, competitive success, environment, development, security, etc. Examples will span very diverse sectors, applications, issues, and disciplines, covering different energy themes throughout the quarter: buildings, transportation, industry, and implementation and implications, including renewable energy synergy and integration.
Solid technical grounding and acquaintance with basic economics and business concepts will both be helpful. The course will be composed of keynote lectures, exercises, and interactive puzzlers synthesizing integrative design principles. Exercises will illuminate challenges RMI has faced and solutions it has created in real-world design. Students will explore clean-sheet solutions that meet end-use demands and optimize whole-system resource efficiency, often with expanding rather than diminishing returns to investments, i.e. making big savings cheaper than small ones. Students will work closely and interactively with instructors including Amory Lovins, cofounder and Chief Scientist of RMI, Dr. Joel Swisher and former RMI managing director and Stanford instructor.