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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.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:15:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
  • The present-day perspective 00:30:00
    • Forecasting: energy in the future 00:20:00
    • A lesson from the past 00:20:00
    • Global energy scenarios 00:25:00
    • The World Energy Council scenarios 00:40:00
    • Other scenarios: Shell and Greenpeace 00:20:00
    • Forecasting UK energy demand 00:20:00
    • Environmental consequences of fossil fuel combustion 00:15:00
    • Fossil-fuel burning and global warming 00:30:00
    • Global warming 00:30:00
    • Sulphur dioxide, acid rain and air quality 00:20:00
    • The effects of atmospheric aerosols 00:25:00
    • Pollution solutions? 00:20:00
    • Prospects and possibilities for the world’s energy future 00:02:00
    • Currently available sources 00:20:00
    • Cleaner fossil fuels 00:15:00
    • Renewable sources of energy 00:30:00
    • The hydrogen economy 00:20:00
    • Nuclear fusion 00:20:00
    • Managing energy use in the future 01:00:00
    • Conclusion 00:25:00

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