Join us for an instructive experience as we tour countries in Europe that are globally leading the way in the adoption of renewable energy. In Italy, we will tour a waste incineration plant that generates electricity and a pumped hydro storage facility used to store energy when demand is low. We will also visit the Rome temple, and a solar PV fabrication facility, and the Vatican (which is powered entirely by solar PV energy). In Spain, we will tour concentrating solar plants that generate electrical power. In Denmark where 49% of the country’s electrical demand is generated from wind energy, we will see wind turbine farms, climbing to the nacelle of a 750 kW wind turbine, and we will tour multiple turbine fabrication plants. In Iceland, we will visit hydroelectric power stations and geothermal co-generation plants that provide residential heating to the entire country’s population while also generating steam for electricity production. In each country, we will hear from local technical experts highlighting how renewable energy fits into the country’s energy portfolio. We will also be exposed to the culturally rich heritage and unique geography of each country, visiting sites of interest and sampling traditional local cuisine. A seminar series 2nd block of Winter Semester will expose students to world energy reserves, environmental considerations related to energy production and use, the importance of government energy policy, and total economic analysis of energy-producing methods. Prior to departing for Europe, we will also visit local energy-related sites. The course will provide three credits of engineering technical elective toward graduation. The course is open to all majors, but preference will be given to engineering students who have taken the introductory Thermodynamics course.