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Renewable Energy Sources


Renewable Energy Sources
Renewable Energy Sources

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Course Description

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.

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Learning Outcomes

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.


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Module Title
Module 1: Energy Use and Sustainability
Module 2: Global Climate Change
Module 3: Introduction to Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Module 4: Non-Renewable Energy Sources - Petroleum and Natural Gas
Module 5: Non-Renewable Energy Source - Coal
Module 6: Non-Renewable Energy Source - Nuclear Power
Module 7: Introduction to Renewable Energy Sources
Module 8: Renewable Energy Sources - Wind and Solar Power
Module 9: Renewable Energy Sources - Geothermal and Water-derived Energy
Module 10: Renewable Energy Source - Biofuels
Module 11: End of Course Assessment

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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 72 reviews
Course Title: Renewable Energy Sources
Course #: 367
Course Publisher: OpenLearn
Course Category: 85
Content Origin:
Course Description: 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.
License: This course is available from OpenLearn through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 26 April 2013
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 4-5 Hours
Video/Audio: None
Audio Only: None
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Post-Secondary
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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    Bill Senior Ireland A very informative and comprehensive course that provides a good basic understanding of both hydrocarbons and renewable sources. 2015-05-11 22:05:09
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    Jamie Whitaker United States of America I really enjoyed the class. I learned a lot about the formation and deposits of certain no-renewable resources as well as some of the disadvantages to renewable energy. Thank you. 2015-03-30 21:03:39
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    Karl Joseph France Renewable energy sources course is so vital for our existence today since pollution is the order of the day. This course helps to educate the massses with respect to clean energy thereby reduces green house gases produced from the combustion of fossil fuels 2015-02-06 14:02:31
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    Karl Joseph France Renewable Energy Sources are clean energy .They do not run out and we can be using them and we will never run out.They can therefore be replenished in a short period of time.Renewable energy comes from natural resources such as;wind,solar,biomass,biogas,geothermal,hydropower energy. Renewable energy is very vital for humanity unlike fossil fuels bacause,its production is natural without polluting the environment.That is why it is also known as "green energy". 2015-01-24 20:01:39
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    Duncan Marwick South Africa Love this course. Really interesting and informative 2015-01-12 20:01:21
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    Harsh Kothari India the course was good . It would be mich better if it focuses completely on renewable energy sources and in greater depth 2014-08-31 10:08:09
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    Elijah Abule United Kingdom Good course with wide degree of aspects. Could be exteneded to just focus on details of renewable energy sources and solutions 2014-07-02 13:07:03
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    Johan Smit South Africa This course was very informative. 2014-06-11 17:06:13
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    Ugur Isik United Kingdom It was so useful. Thanks 2014-04-19 18:04:39
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    Kyaw Tun Nyunt Singapore Very good and I've learned a lot of new things from it. Even though I studied as electrical engineering diploma in Myanmar. Thank you very much for this course's author and Alison. I would like to learn more advance in this area. 2014-03-31 21:03:09
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