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This 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. After the introductory lectures, we will examine the emerging field of sustainable energy, fuel and food production, emphasizing the importance of developing energy efficient and sustainable methods of production, and how these new technologies can contribute to replacing the diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, and reduce the consequences of carbon dioxide release into the environment. 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.
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Aprox. 35 horas para completar

Sugerido: 45 hours of videos, quizzes and peer reviews
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Globe

Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Clock

Aprox. 35 horas para completar

Sugerido: 45 hours of videos, quizzes and peer reviews
Comment Dots

English

Subtítulos: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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General Course Materials

Course overview materials, including syllabus, lecturer information, grading criteria, and external notices and resources....
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7 readings
Reading7 readings
Syllabus10m
How to Use Discussion Forums10m
Glossary10m
Social Media Resources10m
Lecturers10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
Additional Opportunities10m
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3 hours to complete

Introduction to Energy

Introduces the basics of energy, covers finite energy sources like petroleum, looks at how energy and food are related, and examines the scale of current and future energy consumption and what renewable energy options can meet that demand....
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10 videos (Total 110 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Introduction to Energy Part 211m
Energy and Modern Agriculture Part 111m
Energy and Modern Agriculture Part 2 12m
Petroleum Part 1 10m
Petroleum Part 2 6m
Energy by the Numbers Part 113m
Energy by the Numbers Part 29m
What Scales to Meet Energy Demand? Part 1 11m
What Scales to Meet Energy Demand? Part 2 9m
Reading5 readings
Learning Objectives10m
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Quiz1 practice exercises
Introduction to Energy Quiz20m

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6 hours to complete

Physical Energy Sources

Looks at some of the alternative energy options from the physical sciences domain, including wind energy, photovoltaic and photothermal energy, and nuclear energy. It also covers energy storage and electric vehicles, and energy efficiency and smart grid technologies....
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12 videos (Total 141 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
Future Energy Needs and Consequences from a Physical Sciences Perspective Part 215m
Wind Power and Turbine Technologies Part 115m
Wind Power and Turbine Technologies Part 26m
The Future of Nuclear Energy Part 114m
The Future of Nuclear Energy Part 210m
Photovoltaic and Photothermal Energy Production Part 117m
Photovoltaic and Photothermal Energy Production Part 27m
Electric Vehicles and Storage Technologies Part 113m
Electric Vehicles and Storage Technologies Part 28m
Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Part 113m
Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Part 27m
Reading6 readings
Learning Objectives10m
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Quiz1 practice exercises
Physical Energy Sources Quiz40m

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1 hour to complete

Introduction to Biological Energy Sources

Provides an overview of the different biological energy sources including plants and algae. It explains what biofuels are, how they are produced, and the pros and cons of different biological sources. ...
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2 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading
Video2 videos
Where Do We Go From Here? Biological Energy Options Part 216m
Reading1 readings
Learning Objectives10m

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2 hours to complete

Plant Biofuel

Discusses various plant-based fuels including corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and jatropha biodiesel. It will cover the different technologies used, the pros and cons of each source, and current production around the world....
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6 videos (Total 77 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Corn Ethanol Part 29m
Cellulosic Ethanol Part 120m
Cellulosic Ethanol Part 27m
Jatropha Part 117m
Jatropha Part 210m
Reading3 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Intro to Biological Energy Sources and Plant Biofuel Quiz20m

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3 hours to complete

Algae Biofuel

Examines different algae used for biofuel production including cyanobacteria, diatoms, and green algae. It looks at how these organisms are different and why they are used to produce biofuels and bio-products. Additionally, the module covers the different tools and technologies used in research and production including bio-prospecting, genetics, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering. ...
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9 videos (Total 88 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Cyanobacteria Part 211m
Diatoms Part 118m
Diatoms Part 28m
Green Algae 13m
Bio-prospecting, Genetics, and Synthetic Biology of Algae Part 113m
Bio-prospecting, Genetics, and Synthetic Biology of Algae Part 27m
Metabolic Engineering of Algae, Part 10m
Metabolic Engineering of Algae, Part 20m
Reading5 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
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Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Midterm Exam50m

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4 hours to complete

Biofuel Production and Downstream Processing

Covers the chemistry of biodiesel, looks at the different thermochemical processes used to convert biomass to fuel, and examines renewable biogas. It also looks at the production process of algae biofuel, how and why nutrient utilization and recycling is important in biofuel production, and the relationship between biofuel and water. ...
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11 videos (Total 132 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Biodiesel Chemistry and Analysis Part 26m
Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Fuel Part 121m
Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Fuel Part 28m
Biogas Part 115m
Biogas Part 28m
Production Processes for Biofuels from Algae Part 113m
Production Processes for Biofuels from Algae Part 210m
Nutrient Utilization and Recycling Part 113m
Nutrient Utilization and Recycling Part 24m
Biofuel and Water11m
Reading6 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Biofuel Production and Downstream Processing Quiz40m

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7 hours to complete

Social Issues, Economics, and Politics

Examines how energy production and use affects the economy, our wellbeing, and our heath. It will also look at how energy impacts the poorest communities, the external costs of traditional energy, and how we can regulate energy and incentivize renewable energy. Additionally, this section identifies what a Life Cyle Assessment is and how it is used with renewable and non-renewable fuels. Lastly, it looks at the United States’ past and present energy policies, and the current state of international policy on climate change. ...
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16 videos (Total 179 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video16 videos
Economic and Social Impact of Energy Production and Use Part 211m
The Importance of Energy for the Bottom Billion Part 114m
The Importance of Energy for the Bottom Billion Part 213m
Economics of Energy Part 114m
Economics of Energy Part 212m
Regulation of Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Part 115m
Regulation of Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Part 210m
Energy Services for the Remote Communities of Nepal Part 115m
Energy Services for the Remote Communities of Nepal Part 213m
Lifecycle Assessment of Fossil and Renewable Fuels Part 110m
Lifecycle Assessment of Fossil and Renewable Fuels Part 27m
Policy Impacts on Renewable Energy Industries, Part 10m
Policy Impacts on Renewable Energy Industries, Part 20m
International Politics of Climate Change Part 112m
International Politics of Climate Change Part 212m
Reading7 readings
Learning Objectives10m
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Quiz1 practice exercises
Social Issues, Economics, and Politics Quiz40m

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Climate Change

Looks at the history of research on how carbon dioxide causes climate change, the key points of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s reporting, and how climate change is portrayed in the media. Also, it discusses the importance of decreasing Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) to mitigate climate change and some possible solutions to reduce these pollutants produced by the poorest communities. Additionally, this section looks at how climate change has affected California’s water and energy use, and how climate change threatens global food security. ...
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8 videos (Total 108 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Climate Change and the Impact of Carbon Dioxide Part 214m
A New Approach for Slowing Down Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Near-term Part 113m
A New Approach for Slowing Down Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Near-term Part 212m
Climate Change and Water in California Part 114m
Climate Change and Water in California Part 216m
Climate Change and Food Security Part 111m
Climate Change and Food Security Part 214m
Reading4 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Exam20m

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9 hours to complete

Office Hours

Recordings of live office hours from Dr. Mayfield and other course lecturers. ...
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10 videos (Total 561 min)
Video10 videos
Office Hours - Physical Energy Sources with George Tynan1m
Office Hours - Physical Energy Sources with Bill Torre3m
Office Hours - Introduction to Biological Energy Sources with Susan Golden57m
Office Hours- Algae Biofuel with Stephen Mayfield59m
Office Hours - Biofuel Production and Downstream Processing with Skip Pomeroy53m
Office Hours - Biofuel Production and Downstream Processing with Rob McBride57m
Office Hours - Social Issues, Economics, and Politics with Mark Jacobsen59m
Office Hours - Social Issues, Economics, and Politics with David Victor43m
Office Hours - Climate Change with Stephen Mayfield44m
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Top Reviews

By AMSep 29th 2016

Very informative course even for someone with a prior knowledge in a particular segment in renewable energy. Covers diverse energy resources along with economic, and environmental considerations.

By AAJan 28th 2016

It's a excelent course to study the all perspective about the energy situation in the world. Covering the poor and rich countries and diferents technicals skills to develop new and innovation s

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Dr. Stephen Mayfield

Professor of Molecular Biology

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