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Our Energy Future

University of California, San Diego via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 4-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 9 weeks long

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This course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century – including food and fuels – which are inseparably linked – and will discuss energy production and utilization from the biology, engineering, economics, climate science, and social science perspectives.

This course will cover the current production and utilization of energy, as well as the consequences of this use, examining finite fossil energy reserves, how food and energy are linked, impacts on the environment and climate, and the social and economic impacts of our present energy and food production and use. After the introductory lectures, we will examine the emerging field of sustainable energy, fuel and food production, emphasizing the importance of developing energy efficient and sustainable methods of production, and how these new technologies can contribute to replacing the diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, and reduce the consequences of carbon dioxide release into the environment. This course will also cover the importance of creating a sustainable energy future for all societies including those of the developing world. Lectures will be prepared and delivered by leading UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography faculty and industry professionals across these areas of expertise.

Taught by

Stephen Mayfield

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4.9 Based on 7 reviews

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Maxime Z
4.0 3 years ago
by Maxime completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very stimulating course: an eye-opener... Covers a broad spectrum of topics (this is both an advantage, because it offers variety, and a drawback, because some topics are covered too lightly). The biofuel aspects are particularly interesting, as well as the original discussion of the "energy for the bottom billions" topic. The course "manager", Dr. Mayfield, is very engaging, particularly through the weekly "office hour" session and the post-lecture interviews. The topic of the course potentially stimulates valuable forum discussions, too (when students do contribute to these).
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Amin K
5.0 3 years ago
by Amin partially completed this course.
really really great course!

i'm a MS.c student of energy systems in tehran university and i learned a lot from this course about all aspect of energy and renewable energies!

i recommend this course to anyone who wants to have some research on energy topics specially renewable ones!

you can learn much about new research gap for writing scientific articles
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Gy N
5.0 4 months ago
by Gy is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
The course is brilliant. If you want to learn more about Energy in the world. This course is highly recommended.
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