Can renewable energy sources power the world?
Can renewable energy sources power the world?

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Can renewable energy sources power the world?

11 End of course summary

In this final week of the course you examined some future energy scenarios showing how combinations of renewable sources could provide all, or most, of the energy needs of the United Kingdom, of other European countries, and of the world as a whole, during the first few decades of the 21st century.

In the preceding seven weeks, you looked in turn at the principal renewable energy sources, describing their underlying technologies, their economics, their environmental impact, and the contributions each might make to the energy needs of the UK, Europe and the world, under various conditions.

The technical, social and political challenges involved in phasing-out conventional fuels and replacing them largely, or entirely, with renewables seem formidable. it seems difficult to avoid the conclusion that renewables are likely to play a greatly increased role in future energy supplies. And if the optimists are correct, with sufficient support and encouragement from governments, industry and the public, renewable energy could power the world.

Well done for completing Can renewable energy sources power the world? If you have studied the full course and completed all the quizzes you will receive a Statement of Participation certificate as a record of your achievement. You can access and print it from your MyOpenLearn [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] profile.

Now you’ve completed the course we would again appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us a bit about your experience of studying it and what you plan to do next. We will use this information to provide better online experiences for all our learners and to share our findings with others. If you’d like to help, please fill in this optional survey

You can now return to the Course progress page.

RENBOC_1

Take your learning further371

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses372.

If you are new to university level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. Find out Where to take your learning next?373 You could either choose to start with an Access courses374or an open box module, which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification.

Not ready for University study then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn375 and sign up to our newsletter376 to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371