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Available now: Can renewable energy sources power the world?

Updated Friday 2nd February 2018

This revised and updated free course explores the role and potential of renewable energy in the world today.  

What is renewable energy? What types of renewable energy are there, and could they provide a realistic alternative to fossil fuels in the century to come?

Learn about this critical area of technology in this exciting free course, Can renewable energy sources power the world?

The course explores the physical principles behind the main renewable energy technologies: solar, biomass, hydroelectric, wind and wave power. It looks at their economics, environmental impact, present status, future prospects and how they might be integrated into the global energy infrastructure. When you’ve completed the course you should be able to give your own answer to the course question: 'Can renewable energy power the world?'

Successfully completing this course will also earn you a free digital badge, which you can use as evidence of your learning.

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This OpenLearn science course is being produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education, the educational arm of The Exilarch's Foundation.

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