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Future energy demand and supply
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.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 The present-day perspective
- 2 Forecasting: energy in the future
- 3 Environmental consequences of fossil fuel combustion
- 4 Prospects and possibilities for the world's energy future
- 5 Managing energy use in the future
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