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Fossil Fuel Replacement

This free online course on fossil fuel replacement explores the future of green energy efficiency and accessibility.

Publisher: NPTEL
With global warming on the rise, renewable energy is not an option; it is a necessity. Become an authority on greenhouse gases and fossil fuels by taking this course. Learn how to analyse the renewable resource energy and materials needed in any production process. The course elaborates on energy access, energy efficiency and future energy systems. Energy management will be in demand as energy is fundamental to the sustenance of society.
Fossil Fuel Replacement
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
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Nature can offer us an abundance of energy produced by the sun, wind, water and biomass. Boardroom discussions and policy makers' agenda is imminently clear about energy issues, and opinion is unanimous that new and renewable energy is the only solution to fight the hazardous effects of technology. This course introduces you to the analytical tools for assessing the energy requirement and energy return on investment. Study greenhouse gas and fossil fuel replacement. Gathering information on net energy analysis and how or where you can use it will add to your understanding of renewable resources energy analysis. The course discusses how to calculate recycled energy and explains energy densities and embodied energy. There are different types of energy stored in materials, and it takes a particular kind of reaction to release each energy type. Embodied energy is the sum of all the energy required to produce any goods or services as if that energy was incorporated or 'embodied' in the product itself. This concept can help determine the effectiveness of energy-producing or energy-saving devices. The section on thermochemical production and energy policy explains the economic and emissions calculation. You will gain insight into the framework to analyse energy policies and the classification of policy instruments.

 The second module of the course has detailed explanations on concepts regarding energy access, energy efficiency and future energy systems. We will introduce you to some examples of energy policies and the issue of providing affordable access to clean energy. The question of electrification and the different policies and schemes are ongoing. Discover how to appraise different kinds of efficiency, health hazards and global warming issues. The section on energy efficiency highlights the obstacles faced by energy-efficient motors. Determine how to analyse energy efficiency with the help of cases and examples. An energy audit has its challenges, and this course adds to your awareness of this process and the energy consumption in the industrial sector. You will also learn about ‘Renewable Energy Certificates’  or RECs. This market-based instrument certifies that the bearer of the REC owns one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated from a renewable energy resource. There have been transitions in the energy systems industry, and in this course, you will learn about these transitions and their drivers. The energy requirement and services that we need for development and the current trends in this field are also shared.

In present times, an energy assessment is no longer an option but essential as governments seek ways to mobilise the masses and direct them towards future resources, i.e. biomass, wind, solar, water, and geothermal. Industrial processes are changing or getting modified to be labelled green or zero-carbon. The renewable energy sector is projected to expand, and a possible trend is energy savings as a service. Modern living relies heavily on clean and cost-effective access to energy. Thus, the energy sector is a growing sector. We expect that the number of jobs in this sector will continue to rise. This course offers valuable insight and research for those interested in pursuing a career in the energy domain or simply expanding their knowledge base. So, be smart and start this course right away!

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