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

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Subtitles: English, Spanish

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EnergySustainable EnergyEnergy SystemsEnvironmental Protection
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Suggested: 45 hours of videos, quizzes and peer reviews

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English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

General Course Materials

Course overview materials, including syllabus, lecturer information, grading criteria, and external notices and resources....
Reading
7 readings
Reading7 readings
Syllabus10m
How to Use Discussion Forums10m
Glossary10m
Social Media Resources10m
Lecturers10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
Additional Opportunities10m
Clock
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....
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10 videos (Total 110 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 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
Reading5 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction to Energy Quiz20m

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Section
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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....
Reading
12 videos (Total 141 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 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
Reading6 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Physical Energy Sources Quiz40m

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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. ...
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2 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading
Video2 videos
Where Do We Go From Here? Biological Energy Options Part 216m
Reading1 reading
Learning Objectives10m

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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....
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6 videos (Total 77 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Corn Ethanol Part 29m
Cellulosic Ethanol Part 120m
Cellulosic Ethanol Part 27m
Jatropha Part 117m
Jatropha Part 210m
Reading3 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 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.

Instructor

Dr. Stephen Mayfield

Professor of Molecular Biology
University of California San Diego

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