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Solar Energy - Solar Technology and Its Use Worldwide

Learn about solar technology, the consequences of fossil fuels, and how to encourage the use of solar power.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
This free online Solar Energy course teaches you about solar technology and its application worldwide. As climate change continues to affect our planet and fossil fuels become less profitable, renewable energy has emerged as the obvious answer to ecological sustainability. Despite its importance, solar power generation technologies are new and poorly understood. Take this free online course today to familiarise yourself with solar technologies.





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The course provides an in-depth but clear introduction to solar technology, the consequences of using fossil fuels, and how to encourage the use of solar power. It will first teach you about the most important technologies that are used to capture the solar energy, and how they can be implemented in homes, offices, schools, factories, and farms. This will make you aware of what you can do in the main areas of your life to spread solar technology further.

You will then learn important points about how these technologies lessen the soot, smog, acid rain, and mercury poisoning that are currently the result of burning fossil fuels. The course will then teach you about the barriers that prevent more people from accessing and utilizing solar energy. You will introduced to innovative methods for encouraging the use of solar energy worldwide, and be shown what you can do to continue this effort.

If you want to invest in solar power, begin your journey as a solar technology developer, or even just learn more about solar power so that you can make informed arguments about it and encourage its use, then this is the course for you. The future of our planet depends not just on having solar technology itself, but on having more people who really understand it and can intelligently promote it. In the 2 hours it takes to complete this course, you can become one such person. So why wait?


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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the ways that solar energy can be used.
  • Define and describe Photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power systems.
  • Discuss how solar can be used in homes, businesses, factories, etc.
  • Identify the world leaders in solar power.
  • Explain what could happen if there isn’t a shift towards renewable energy.
  • Discuss barriers to solar energy.
  • List the considerations that must be taken into account when installing a PV system.
  • List methods that governments, action groups, and communities can use to promote solar.


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