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Solving the Energy Puzzle: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Energy Transition

Learn how to analyse energy transition cases from technological, legal, economics, spatial, and social perspectives.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Solving the Energy Puzzle: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Energy Transition

Why join the course?

Today, energy systems are confronted with pressing global challenges: economical and social development, poverty eradication, adequate food production, health for all, conservation of ecosystems, peace and security. A major transformation – the energy transition - is required to address these challenges.

In this course we will take the multidisciplinary approach to examine the energy transition question, providing you with the framework and methods to analyse the question yourself. Will you solve the energy puzzle?

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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsEnergy is critically important for human development. It has always been like that.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsCurrent global energy use is unprecedentedly high. Climate change will hit us hard. It will affect global food production heavily. It will damage global biodiversity heavily. It will lead to significant sea level rise. And that, in turn, will lead to loss of fertile land but also mass migration.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsIt is still possible to see futures in which we develop and build and implement other energy systems. But it is extremely complicated because technological solutions depends on what is possible in a certain region-- the potential for wind energy, potential bioenergy.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 secondsThis is, of course, about energy technologies, energy systems, infrastructure, but also economics, social science. It is about planning, governance, policy, and law.

Skip to 1 minute and 30 secondsAll the science fields need to work together to provide answers to these type of questions. In this seven-week, free, online course, you will learn how this complexity can be dealt with and how those science fields can work together to provide you answers for those type of transitions.

What topics will you cover?

  • Energy transition and sustainability
  • Technical aspects of energy transition
  • Spatial Planning
  • Integrated Energy System
  • Psychological aspect of energy transition
  • Law aspect of energy transition
  • Energy Systems
  • Economic aspect of energy transition

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the major sustainability issues around the global energy system and the necessity of the energy transition.
  • Explain energy systems structure, content and performance.
  • Explain that the economics of energy transition is about giving incentives to energy producers and consumers to make other decisions.
  • Identify the basic principles of energy law.
  • Explain the spatial consequences of shifting towards a renewable energy system with sensitivity to specific regional or local circumstances.
  • Describe the human dimensions of sustainable energy systems.
  • Apply the methods and skills from different perspectives of energy transition in an analysis of the energy transition issues in the learner's country

Who is the course for?

Anyone should be able to participate in this course. However, basic knowledge of energy transition will be helpful. The course will be taught at bachelors/masters level.

What do people say about this course?

Thank you, Professor Faaij and other teachers for this very interesting course.

Alexander Jansen
Learner

Who will you learn with?

André Faaij

I am Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis at the University of Groningen and Academic Director of Energy Academy Europe. I am also a member of expert groups in bio-energy and energy policy.

Who developed the course?

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

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Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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