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Inside The Commons: Reinventing The HouseSaturday, 22nd October 2016 17:30 - BBC Two (Scotland only)In the final part of this major four-part series, battles break out over the future of the House. Read more: Inside The Commons: Reinventing The House
The Bottom Line: Autumn 2016: Activist investorsSaturday, 22nd October 2016 17:30 - BBC Radio 4
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Inside The Commons: Party GamesAvailable until Saturday, 22nd October 2016 19:00
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Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies.
In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles underlying the various renewables, their economics, their environmental impact, their present status and future prospects. When you’ve completed the course you should be able to give your own answer to the course question: 'Can renewable energy power the world'?
This Open University science open course, presented on OpenLearn, is produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand at an introductory level the basic physical principles underlying the operation of renewable energy systems
- understand the key role of the sun as the main source of renewable energy
- be aware of the essential characteristics of energy demand and supply in the UK and the World
- be aware of the principal renewable energy technologies and their main characteristics
- be aware of some of the factors that are working to promote the deployment of renewable energies and those acting to inhibit it
- be aware of some solutions to the problems of matching the output of variable electricity sources to varying electricity demand
- be able to state the main arguments for and against the course question, 'Can renewable energy power the world?', leading to forming your own opinions.
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This OpenLearn science course is produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education, the educational arm of The Exilarch's Foundation.
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