Sustainable Energy Fundamentals

  • 36 hour course, no prerequisites

Walk through an overview of sus­tain­able ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy as you explore con­cepts relat­ed to the rela­tion­ship between ener­gy and the envi­ron­ment. Learn the the­o­ry and prac­tice involved in ener­gy pro­duc­tion, stor­age, dis­tri­b­u­tion, and con­sump­tion. Mas­ter the ter­mi­nol­o­gy in this field, and gain an under­stand­ing of com­mon and alter­na­tive ener­gy sources, units of mea­sure­ment, green­house gas emis­sions, and the finan­cial aspects of ener­gy-relat­ed projects.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Live instruction combined with interactive group assignments, discussion forums, and exercises that promote the application of theory.
  • Aimed at professionals who want to develop, manage, or improve their understanding of the rapidly evolving clean energy sector. It will be of special interest, among others, to environmental professionals, project managers, and industry executives, as well as developers and investors interested in expanding their career or business with renewable energy.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the differences between alternative forms of electricity generation (coal-fired power, combined cycle gas turbines, nuclear, hydro, geothermal, solar and wind power).
  • Describe the basics of electricity transmission/distribution and the steps required for renewables to achieve grid parity.
  • Distinguish between different types of energy storage technology and describe the potential they hold for renewable energy.
  • Describe the relationship between electricity and the environment, including the breakdown of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions per sector.
  • Define the financial terminology and units of measurement in the energy sector (e.g. Calories, Joules, Watts, British Thermal Units, etc.)
Take note:

  • While there are no prerequisites for this course, two years of working experience in a related area is recommended for student success.
  • Assessment activities include assignments and quizzes.
  • To pass this course, you must achieve a minimum final grade of 65%.
  • Suggested reference books (not required): Fundamentals and Applications of Renewable Energy, Mehmet Kanoglu et. al, 2020; Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future, Charles Donavan, 2015.
  • All required learning materials are provided through eClass at no additional cost.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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