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How can you use sand to store energy?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Aug 2016
A new project is attempting to bring together two things the desert has in abundance - sand and sunshine - to generate power cleanly and...

Bill Hare - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 11 Dec 2015
Dr Bill Hare, CEO and Managing Director/Senior Scientist of Climate Analytics, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'....

Bill McKibben - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 11 Dec 2015
Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in...

Dr Jean-Francois Soussana - Stories of Change

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Updated 10 Dec 2015
Dr Jean-Francois Soussana, Scientific Director, INRA, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'. 

Tamsin Edwards - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 04 Dec 2015
Tamsin Edwards, Lecturer in Environmental Sciences at the Open University, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Camille Parmesan - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2015
Professor Camille Parmesan, School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Michael Jacobs - Stories of Change

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Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2015
Professor Michael Jacobs, special adviser to Gordon Brown from 2004-10, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

Joe Smith - Overview of Projects

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Introductory level Updated 20 Nov 2015
Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at The Open University, gives us an overview of his current projects.

Stories of Change Introduction

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Introductory level Updated 20 Nov 2015
Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at the Open University, introduces Stories of Change. 

Professor Andrew Watson - Stories of Change

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Updated 19 Nov 2015
Professor Andrew Watson, head of Exeter Marine and Atmospheric Science group, is interviewed by Roger Harrabin for 'Stories of Change'.

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Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2016
Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
This free course, Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision...

Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear industry will find assistance in this free course, Unclear about...

Living without oil

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. It is vital in the manufacture of many modern materials. But the worlds supply...

Future energy demand and supply

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Future energy demand and supply Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 13 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of...

The frozen planet

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The frozen planet
Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the...

Motion under gravity

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
From the moment that Galileo dropped two cannonballs of different sizes and weights from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa mankind has been...

Climate change

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Intermediate level Duration 18 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Climate change is a key issue on today's social and political agenda. This free course explores the basic science that underpins climate change and...

Biofuels

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
This free course, Biofuels, investigates what is meant by a biofuel and covers the advantages of using biofuels compared with fossil fuels. The...

Seeing the light

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

Renewable energy

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Renewable energy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
You’ll review the eight main renewable energy technologies and develop your ability to practically apply this knowledge – especially for solar...

Science: nuclear energy

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Science: nuclear energy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 01 Feb 2016
Explore the scientific and technological background to nuclear energy, radiation and the cost of producing electricity.

Energy and sustainability

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Energy and sustainability Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Can nuclear power, carbon capture and storage or renewable energy sources provide solutions to the problem of global warming? Explore the issues...

Cell biology

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Cell biology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Cell biology explores the origins of cells and the generation of cell diversity, as well as the common features of cellular structure and function ...