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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?
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand and be aware of the importance of sustainable energy
- demonstrate an overview of the main sources of renewable energy.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Why sustainable energy matters
- 2 Definitions: energy, sustainability and the future
- 3 Present energy sources and sustainability
- 4 Renewable energy sources
- 5 Energy services and efficiency improvement
- 6 Energy in a sustainable future
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An introduction to sustainable energy
The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This course 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 OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study 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: Thursday, 17th March 2016
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