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 pump storage facility used to store energy when demand is low. In Spain, we will focus on solar energy, touring concentrating solar plants that generate electrical power. In Denmark, where 49 percent of the country’s electrical demand is generated from wind energy, we will see wind turbine farms, climbing to the nacelle of a 1 MW wind turbine, and we will tour 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 the second 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 3 credit hours of engineering technical elective toward graduation. The course is open to all majors, but preference will be given to engineering students.