Renewable Energy Futures

Renewable energy\'s future is bright, yet uncertain. Will it continue to grow rapidly? Is current growth sufficient to achieve climate stabilization? How do related technologies, like electric vehicles and heat pumps, fit in? This course will shed light on the many confusing and at-times inconsistent claims and predictions for renewable energy. We\'ll review promising new renewable technologies and approaches, such as floating platforms for wind turbines and building-integrated photovoltaics (PV), and point out key opportunities and limitations. We\'ll take a close look at possible futures of enabling technologies such as electricity storage, electric vehicles and hydrogen, which can support and enhance renewables. We\'ll then unravel key trends and new approaches, such as distributed energy and electrification, and explain how they affect renewable energy\'s future. Renewable energy, aided by enabling technologies such as electric vehicles and storage, will eventually dominate energy systems worldwide. From this course, you\'ll learn the current status and likely future paths of renewable energy. With this knowledge, you\'ll be able to pinpoint the opportunities in this vibrant industry and get in front of the change. Course logo image credit: \"Wind Turbine\" icon courtesy of Vectors Point from the Noun Project.

Created by: University of Colorado Boulder

Language: English

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