Why Sustainable Energy Matters OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on Sustainable Energy by The Open University

Published Feb 04, 2009

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The call for further investigation of sustainable energy sources has become more urgent in recent times. The OpenCourseWare, 'Why Sustainable Energy Matters,' provides students with an awareness of the current sources of energy and explores renewable sources and their potential as solutions to the energy problem. The free course materials are provided by The Open University.

Why Sustainable Energy Matters: Course Specifics

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Why Sustainable Energy Matters: Course Description

'Why Sustainable Energy Matters' explores current sources of both renewable and non-renewable energy and looks at the potential for renewable sources to solve our sustainability problem. The readings discuss current energy sources - fossil fuels, nuclear energy, bioenergy and hydroelectricity - and the sustainability of each of these resources. The development of other renewable energy sources, including solar and geothermal energy, is also discussed as a means to meet the sustainable energy challenge. This course is an introductory-level course and requires approximately nine hours to complete.

Online notes with detailed graphs, figures and illustrations are provided along with a reference list. To download the free OpenCourseWare materials or to learn more, visit the sustainable energy course page.

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