Energy systems engineering is the branch of engineering which works to provide solutions to the global future energy crises. Energy systems engineering mainly focuses on the analysis and improvement of energy conversion, energy distribution, storage and usage of energy. Apart from this major area of concern is the impact on the surroundings and environment locally as well as globally; the impact on global warming, climatic changes etc.
Energy systems modeling and simulation is a key improvement contributing to the phenomenal change in the perception of energy systems and analysis. Energy conservation and efficiency improvement in energy consuming systems in both domestic and industrial processes are key areas addressed by energy systems engineering. The significance of this branch has grown considerably in view of the rapid depletion of conventional energy sources and the escalation in the prices of fuels.
Novel developments in engineering systems modeling and analyses further contributed to the development of this branch of engineering and have caused it to become one of the indispensable branches of engineering in almost all universities throughout the globe. Energy systems engineering is open to interdisciplinary studies. Students from all branches of engineering have a role to play in energy systems engineering. Innovative energy technologies and issues of global warming emissions are all being addressed by energy systems engineering. Energy engineers are in great demand throughout the world.
Apart from energy conservation and modeling, energy systems engineering encompasses studies on renewable energy streams such as solar energy, wind energy, Hydel energy, ocean thermal energy, geo-thermal energy, nuclear energy etc. Energy studies such as technical feasibility analysis and economic feasibility analysis are some of the major focuses of energy systems engineering.
Typical job descriptions for energy systems engineers can be found at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-2199.03
A valuable source of information about the professional activities of energy systems engineers can be found at http://www.aeecenter.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
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