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Energy Principles and Renewable Energy

University of Queensland via edX

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Overview

This course is an excellent foundation for equipping learners to understand the basics of everything related to energy and the challenges associated with transitioning to a sustainable energy future.

We will provide an overview of the energy challenge including supply and demand - from where we have come from, and the likely future scenarios for 2050.

You will learn the language of energy and the key scientific principles that underpin energy systems.

The course will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the suite of renewable energy and technology options available for electricity generation.

It will be useful for those working in the energy industry and policy space, non government organisations, or anyone keen to find out more about energy.

Syllabus

Topic 0: Energy Literacy
An introduction to the language of energy aimed at those without an engineering or science background, to allow learners to engage with the material that follows.

Topic 1: The Challenge
This topic describes some of the challenges we face in creating sustainable energy systems given the world’s increasing demand for energy and the threat posed by climate change.

Topic 2: Energy Systems
We will introduce learners to some of the fundamental science that governs energy systems and energy transformation.

Topic 3: Bioenergy
This topic describes the uses of Bioenergy, carbon footprint, global uptake and future possibilities.

Topic 4: Geothermal
This topic describes the uses of geothermal energy, carbon footprint, global uptake and future possibilities.

Topic 5: Solar
This topic investigates the different types of solar energy and then describes how solar energy can be used, its carbon footprint, global uptake and future possibilities.

Topic 6: Wind
This topic describes how energy from the wind can be used, its carbon footprint, global uptake and future possibilities.

Topic 7: Hydropower
This topic focuses on how hydropower is used to create energy, how this energy can be used, its carbon footprint, global uptake and future possibilities.

Topic 8: Ocean Power
This topic describes how energy can be extracted from the ocean’s waves and tides, how this energy can be used, its carbon footprint, how much is used around the world and its future possibilities.

Topic 9: Energy Storage
This topic introduces learners to the ways energy can be stored, the characteristics of an energy storage system and the possible uses of an energy storage system.

Topic 10: Electricity Management
In electricity management learners will be introduced to how electricity markets work, transmission and distribution concepts and the requirement for balancing the grid.

Taught by

Dr. Simon Smart

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