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The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This free course, An introduction to sustainable energy, provides an introductory overview of the present energy systems and takes a brief look at where the world may find energy in the future - cleaner use of fossil fuels or renewable energy sources?
When you have completed this unit you should:
- have an understanding and awareness of the importance of sustainable energy;
- have an overview of the main sources of renewable energy.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 1 Why sustainable energy matters
- 2 2 Definitions: energy, sustainability and the future
- 3 3 Present energy sources and sustainability
- 4 4 Renewable energy sources
- 5 5 Energy services and efficiency improvement
- 6 6 Energy in a sustainable future
- 7 Keep on learning
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An introduction to sustainable energy
The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit provides an introductory overview of the present energy systems and takes a brief look at where the world may find energy in the future – cleaner use of fossil fuels or renewable energy sources?
This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Energy for a sustainable future (T206) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Environmental Science courses or view the range of currently available OU Environmental Science courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 26th July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 18th October 2012
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