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Sustainable Energy Systems

Learn about combined heat and power, and phase change materials in this free online sustainable energy course.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
This free online course introduces the learner to sustainable energy systems, and covers topics such as the history of human energy use, environmental impacts of energy use, different energy sources based on environmental impact, non-renewable energy sources and other topics. This course will be of great interest to anyone who wants to learn more about sustainable energy systems.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Responsive

    Yes

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

The free course Sustainable Energy Systems introduces you to the practice of using in energy in a manner which fulfil the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to fulfil their own needs. You will learn about the history of human energy use, challenges of continued reliance on fossil energy, the time scale for transition in energy use. You will also learn about environmental impacts of energy use, different energy sources based on environmental impact, and global capacity for non-renewable energy sources.

Next, the course teaches you about the components of electricity, the link between electricity generation and carbon emissions, and sequestering carbon in geologic formations. You will also learn about the sources of renewable energy, motivations for biofuels production, types of catalytic and biocatalytic routes to produce biofuels and biochemicals.

Finally, you will learn about thermodynamic principles of heat, types of geothermal systems, combined heat and power (CHP) as an alternative energy source, Phase Change Materials (PCM) and its applications. This course will be of great interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about sustainable energy systems. So start this course today and learn about sustainable energy systems.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you will be able to:


  • Discuss the history of human energy use
  • Define the environmental impacts of energy use
  • Discuss the different energy sources based on their environmental impact
  • Examine the global capacity for each non-renewable energy source
  • Discuss the link between electricity generation and carbon emissions
  • Identify the ultimate sources of renewable energy
  • Identify the main types of catalytic and biocatalytic routes to produce biofuels and biochemicals
  • Discuss the basic thermodynamic principles of heat
  • Examine different types of geothermal systems and the principles that govern their design
  • Identify two alternatives to oil as a transportation fuel: hydrogen and electricity
  • Define combined heat and power (CHP) as an alternative energy source
  • Examine the general concept of Phase Change Materials (PCM)

Certification

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Certification for completed Certificate courses:

Digital Certificate - a downloadable Certificate in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
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