Renewable Energy Sources
This free online course is intended to introduce students to the whole area of energy sustainability, climate change and renewable energy technologies. Many greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane, occur naturally. However, during the past two centuries, human activities have also added significantly to the level of these naturally occurring gases. In particular, large amounts of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane are produced by the use of non-renewable energy sources such as oil, natural gas and coal. For a sustainable future these fossil fuels will have to be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy, and biomass fuels. In this online course students will learn the connection between energy use and sustainability, how current energy use is contributing to global climate change, the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources, how to identify and distinguish between different forms of renewable energy, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of different renewable energy sources. The course will be of great interest to teachers and students who want to learn more about energy use and how renewable sources of energy will be of vital importance for a sustainable future.
Increase your knowledge of renewable energy sources.
In this course you will gain a good knowledge of renewable energy sources. You will understand how renewable energy can be used to help reduce greenhouse gases. You will learn about nuclear power and the principles of solar energy.You will learn the importance of the sun, the atmosphere and the earth's temperature. You will be more aware of the impact of the industrial age and the evidence of global warming that is affecting our environment. This course will teach you the different kinds of renewable and non-renewable energy sources being used today.
- Module 1: Energy Use and Sustainability
- Module 2: Global Climate Change
- Module 3: Introduction to Non-Renewable Energy Sources
- Module 4: Non-Renewable Energy Sources - Petroleum and Natural Gas
- Module 5: Non-Renewable Energy Source - Coal
- Module 6: Non-Renewable Energy Source - Nuclear Power
- Module 7: Introduction to Renewable Energy Sources
- Module 8: Renewable Energy Sources - Wind and Solar Power
- Module 9: Renewable Energy Sources - Geothermal and Water-derived Energy
- Module 10: Renewable Energy Source - Biofuels
- Module 11: End of Course Assessment