Understanding Energy - Essentials

Course Description

Energy is the number one contributor to climate change and has significant consequences for our society, political system, economy, and environment. Energy as a fundamental driver of human development and opportunity. Fundamentals of each energy resource -- including significance and potential, drivers and barriers, policy and regulation, and social, economic, and environmental impacts and will be able to put this in the context of the broader energy system. Both depletable and renewable energy resources are covered, including oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, biomass and biofuel, hydroelectric, wind, solar thermal and photovoltaics (PV), geothermal, and ocean energy, with cross-cutting topics including electricity, storage, climate change and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), sustainability, green buildings, energy efficiency, transportation, and the developing world.

Course Details

  • Enrollment requirements: Not open to students who have already completed CEE 173A, CEE 207 or EARTHSYS 103.
  • Online Format: Both Synchronous & Asynchronous - This course is taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities. Students should check the Stanford Explore Courses website for information on the scheduling options.



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