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Energy resources: An introduction to energy resources

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Energy resources are essential for any society, be it one dependent on subsistence farming or an industrialised country. There are many different sources of energy, some well-known such as coal or petroleum, others less so, such as tides or the heat inside the Earth. Is nuclear power a salvation or a nightmare? This free course, Energy resources: An introduction to energy resources, provides background information to each, so that you can assess them for yourself.

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • understand the difference between energy and power, and their units and prefixes;
  • state the relative contributions of different natural energy sources to the global energy budget;
  • describe the contribution of photosynthesis to the carbon cycle, and distinguish the terrestrial and marine parts of the cycle;
  • discuss the issues involved in concentrating, storing and transporting energy;
  • recognise which energy resources have a low energy density, and which have a high energy density;
  • distinguish between renewable and non-renewable energy resources.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 8 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 10th December 2013
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Environmental Science
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Energy resources: An introduction to energy resources

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By the end of this free course you should be able to:

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