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Approx. 35 hours to complete

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EnergySustainable EnergyEnergy SystemsEnvironmental Protection

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Approx. 35 hours to complete

Suggested: 45 hours of videos, quizzes and peer reviews...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

General Course Materials

Course overview materials, including syllabus, lecturer information, grading criteria, and external notices and resources....
7 readings
7 readings
Syllabus10m
How to Use Discussion Forums10m
Glossary10m
Social Media Resources10m
Lecturers10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
Additional Opportunities10m
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Energy

Introduces the basics of energy, covers finite energy sources like petroleum, looks at how energy and food are related, and examines the scale of current and future energy consumption and what renewable energy options can meet that demand....
10 videos (Total 110 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
Introduction to Energy Part 211m
Energy and Modern Agriculture Part 111m
Energy and Modern Agriculture Part 2 12m
Petroleum Part 1 10m
Petroleum Part 2 6m
Energy by the Numbers Part 113m
Energy by the Numbers Part 29m
What Scales to Meet Energy Demand? Part 1 11m
What Scales to Meet Energy Demand? Part 2 9m
5 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
1 practice exercise
Introduction to Energy Quiz20m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

Physical Energy Sources

Looks at some of the alternative energy options from the physical sciences domain, including wind energy, photovoltaic and photothermal energy, and nuclear energy. It also covers energy storage and electric vehicles, and energy efficiency and smart grid technologies....
12 videos (Total 141 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
12 videos
Future Energy Needs and Consequences from a Physical Sciences Perspective Part 215m
Wind Power and Turbine Technologies Part 115m
Wind Power and Turbine Technologies Part 26m
The Future of Nuclear Energy Part 114m
The Future of Nuclear Energy Part 210m
Photovoltaic and Photothermal Energy Production Part 117m
Photovoltaic and Photothermal Energy Production Part 27m
Electric Vehicles and Storage Technologies Part 113m
Electric Vehicles and Storage Technologies Part 28m
Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Part 113m
Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Part 27m
6 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
1 practice exercise
Physical Energy Sources Quiz40m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Biological Energy Sources

Provides an overview of the different biological energy sources including plants and algae. It explains what biofuels are, how they are produced, and the pros and cons of different biological sources. ...
2 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading
2 videos
Where Do We Go From Here? Biological Energy Options Part 216m
1 reading
Learning Objectives10m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Plant Biofuel

Discusses various plant-based fuels including corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and jatropha biodiesel. It will cover the different technologies used, the pros and cons of each source, and current production around the world....
6 videos (Total 77 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Corn Ethanol Part 29m
Cellulosic Ethanol Part 120m
Cellulosic Ethanol Part 27m
Jatropha Part 117m
Jatropha Part 210m
3 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
1 practice exercise
Intro to Biological Energy Sources and Plant Biofuel Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By AMSep 29th 2016

Very informative course even for someone with a prior knowledge in a particular segment in renewable energy. Covers diverse energy resources along with economic, and environmental considerations.

By JJOct 31st 2016

Great learning experience! Easy way to get an idea of the work that is being done to better our lives in the future in terms of energy. Very interesting lectures and would highly recommend it.

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Dr. Stephen Mayfield

Professor of Molecular Biology
University of California San Diego

About University of California San Diego

UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory....

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