Free course

Future energy demand and supply

Free statement of participation on completion

When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of planning future energy supply becomes clear. Future energy demand and supply is a free course that offers an introduction to how this is being undertaken.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • summarise the difficulties of forecasting energy demand
  • assess the importance of political and economic issues, as well as geological and environmental factors, in determining trends in energy use
  • outline some of the contrasting scenarios for energy supply in the twenty-first century, and discuss evolving technologies that could play a part in future energy systems
  • appreciate the environmental consequences of society’s current energy use, and the challenges of developing sustainable energy supply.