The University of British Columbia, Continuing Studies Centre for Sustainability

Sustainable Energy Systems: Understanding Renewable and Clean Energy


Understanding the range of advanced energy options to meet future energy needs is critical as government policy, business strategy and consumer decisions drive the adoption of new, sustainable energy systems. Learn the environmental, social and economic impact of energy-related decisions and the options available for positive change. This course covers past, present and future trends in energy consumption and the socio-economic and ecological impact of energy generation, distribution and consumption. Gain an understanding of the classification and comparison of energy sources, including fossil fuels, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and ocean energy. Explore sustainable technologies for energy supply and distribution, including the use of smart energy grids. Plus, get an introduction on how to use RETScreen clean energy software for quickly assessing the financial viability of sustainable energy projects.

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