Sustainable Energy Systems
Learn about combined heat and power, and phase change materials in this free online sustainable energy course.
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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.Start Course Now
Sustainability and Environmental Challenges
Sustainability and Environmental Challenges - Learning Outcomes
Environmental Challenges in Energy, Carbon Dioxide, Air, Water and Land Use 1
Environmental Challenges in Energy, Carbon Dioxide, Air, Water and Land Use 2
Sustainability and Environmental Challenges - Lesson Summary
Energy Sources, Carriers and Energy Uses
Energy Sources, Carriers and Energy Uses - Learning Outcomes
Energy Sources and Carriers 1
Energy Sources and Carriers 2
Energy Sources and Carriers 3
Applications of Phase Change Materials for Sustainable Energy
Energy Sources, Carriers and Energy Uses - Lesson Summary
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)
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