Course Description


When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of planning future energy supply becomes clear. Future energy demand and supply is a free course that offers an introduction to how this is being undertaken.


Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

- Summarise the difficulties of forecasting energy demand

- Assess the importance of political and economic issues, as well as geological and environmental factors, in determining trends in energy use

- Outline some of the contrasting scenarios for energy supply in the twenty-first century, and discuss evolving technologies that could play a part in future energy systems

- Appreciate the environmental consequences of society's current energy use, and the challenges of developing sustainable energy supply.

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