Created by:  University of California, San Diego

  • Dr. Stephen Mayfield

    Taught by:  Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Professor of Molecular Biology

    John Dove Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy
Commitment45 hours of videos, quizzes and peer reviews
English, Subtitles: Spanish
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 of 284 ratings

It gives great insight into biofuel production, but also how other renewable energies work, and the necessity of them coming together to cope with global energy demand :)

Excellent course!!!. Although sometimes I felt some of the lectures were given a little bit slowly, I managed to end it. I really liked that the lectures were focused mainly on the biological alternatives for renewable energy and clean technologies. I'm interested in the biofuels field so this course definitely gave me quite a big perspective on the field.

best course so far on coursera

Such a great course! Very interesting course with a lot of information on the renewable energies of the moment, its operation, numbers on it and advantages and disadvantages, also a lot of information about fossil fuels, in short an energetic vision of the moment.