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Renewable Energy Sources Free Course

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  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 11 )
  • USING RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES FOR A SUSTAINABLE ...
  • Module 1: Energy Use and Sustainability
    • Present-day energy use
    • Energy Consumption
    • Currently Available Energy Sources
    • Concentrating Storing and Transporting Energy
    • Linking Energy Supply and Demand
    • Government Energy Statistics
    • Energy in a Sustainable Future
  • Module 2: Global Climate Change
    • The Importance of the Sun
    • Natural Greenhouse Gases
    • Energy Flows within the Atmosphere
    • Impact of the Industrial Age
    • Records of the Earths Temperature
    • Temperature Changes over the Millennium
    • Global Warming- Warning Signs
  • Module 3: Introduction to Non-Renewable Energy Sources
    • Introduction to Non-Renewable Energy Sources
    • Coal Mining and Coal Types
    • Oil Drilling and Refining
    • Oil Shale and Tar Sands
    • Nuclear Power
  • Module 4: Non-Renewable Energy Sources - Petroleum and Natural Gas
    • Introduction to Petroleum
    • Petroleum Extraction
    • Petroleum Refining
    • Purification Methods
    • Petroleum Fuel Products
    • Other Petroleum Products
    • Introduction to Natural Gas
    • Classification of Natural Gas
    • Natural Gas Usage
  • Module 5: Non-Renewable Energy Source - Coal
    • The Origins of Coal
    • How Coal is Formed
    • Exploring for Coal
    • Modern Coal Mining Methods
    • Environmental Impact of Coal Mining
    • Global Coal Reserves
    • Case Study - UK Coal Production
  • Module 6: Non-Renewable Energy Source - Nuclear Power
    • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
    • Energy from Nuclear Fission
    • Nuclear Reactors
    • Nuclear Reactor Safety
    • Radioactive Wastes
    • Uranium Ore Deposits
    • Uranium Production
  • Module 7: Introduction to Renewable Energy Sources
    • Renewable Energy Sources - Introduction
    • Passive and Active Solar Energy Systems
    • Costs Associated with Solar Energy
    • Environmental Effects of Hydroelectric Schemes
    • Biomass - Its Sources and Environmental Effects
  • Module 8: Renewable Energy Sources - Wind and Solar Power
    • Introduction to Wind Energy
    • Wind Power Generation
    • Types of Wind Turbines
    • Wind Farms
    • The Future of Wind Energy
    • Introduction to Solar Energy
    • Insolation - Direct Sunlight
    • Passive and Active Solar Heating
    • Photovoltaic Conversion of Solar Energy
    • The Future of Solar Energy
  • Module 9: Renewable Energy Sources - Geothermal and Water-derived Energy
    • Wave Energy
    • Tidal Energy
    • Hydroelectric Energy
    • Types of Turbine Design
    • Geothermal Energy
    • Heat Conduction
    • Assessing Geothermal Potential
    • Geothermal Turbines
    • Direct Heating Using Geothermal Energy
    • Future of Geothermal Energy
  • Module 10: Renewable Energy Source - Biofuels
    • Introduction to Biofuels
    • Photosynthesis - The Link bewteen Energy and Biofuels
    • Wood and Grasses as Biofuels
    • Types of Grasses
    • Transport Biofuels
    • Potential of Biofuels - Audio
    • Use of Biofuels in the UK - Video and Audio
    • Biofuels - Some of the Issues
  • COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 11: End of Course Assessment
    • Renewable Energies for a Sustainable Future Assessment
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Module 11: End of Course Assessment
Course Features
  • Duration

    4-5 Hours

  • Publisher

    OpenLearn

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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