Our Energy Future

This on-demand online course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century.

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This on-demand online course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century – including food and fuels – which are inseparably linked – and will discuss energy production and utilization from the biology, engineering, economics, climate science, and social science perspectives.

This course will cover the current production and utilization of energy, as well as the consequences of this use, examining finite fossil energy reserves, how food and energy are linked, impacts on the environment and climate, and the social and economic impacts of our present energy and food production and use.

This course will also cover the importance of creating a sustainable energy future for all societies including those of the developing world. Lectures will be prepared and delivered by leading UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography faculty and industry professionals across these areas of expertise.

You can study this 'On Demand' course online via a computer, tablet or on your phone; at times to suit you, and as its on-demand is will remain available throughout the year.

This course will examine the topics:

 

Introduction to Energy

Physical Energy Sources

Introduction to Biological Energy Sources

Plan Biofuel

Algue Biofuel

Biofuel Production and Downstream Processing

Social Issues, Economics and Politics

Climate Change

 

It is expected that this course should take approximately 45 hrs to complete.

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