Online course in Nature & Environment

How to Survive on Earth: Energy Materials for a Sustainable Future

Energy efficiency is a global challenge. Learn how renewable energy and other materials will help ensure life is sustainable.

How to Survive on Earth: Energy Materials for a Sustainable Future

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours

Discover the new materials that could help humans survive on Earth in future

Energy consumption is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. How will billions of humans survive on Earth in the future?

The demand for energy will soon exhaust traditional resources such as oil, gas and coal. Developing cost effective ways of using renewable sources such as solar energy is important for future generations.

On this course, you’ll explore the vital role that new materials play in ensuring life on Earth is sustainable. You’ll learn about inexpensive energy generation and storage and gain a greater understanding of the energy crisis the world is facing.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsWe need energy. Our world continues to grow at a relentless pace. Populations around the planet are booming, and our demand for energy has never been greater. Our society is consuming the earth's finite natural energy resources at an ever increasing rate, and the bigger the population becomes, the more energy we need. Can we keep generating enough energy to survive on earth sustainably?

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsWhat type of new energy generation and storage solutions are available to us? Are new energy materials the key to our survival on Earth? Join us on an illuminating four-week course, where we will bring to light some of the most critical challenges facing humanity today and learn about potential solutions to sustainably survive into the future. Recent discoveries have led to the generation of new materials that give rise to clean, efficient energy generation and storage. Explore how we can use plastics to make solar cells and batteries. Learn how the extraordinary properties of 2D materials, such as graphene, could transform energy technologies. Discover how we can learn from nature and create new materials that capture light and convert it to electricity or fuels.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 secondsThe University of Wollongong and the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials presents How to Survive on Earth Energy Materials for a Sustainable Future.

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Develop an understanding of the world's energy problems
  • Debate requirements for new energy generation and storage
  • Calculate our energy requirements
  • Evaluate the usefulness of new energy materials
  • Investigate how non-metallic conductors are used in energy generation and storage
  • Explore the difference between 2D and 3D materials in the context of supercharged materials
  • Compare batteries against other energy storage options
  • Assess energy use, to create a more energy efficient house
  • Develop an understanding of Photosynthesis and how we can mimic the process to power the planet

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in sustainability and the future of human life on Earth.

Who will you learn with?

David Officer

David Officer

As a father of five, I have been driven to do energy materials research that will make the world a better place for them and their children.

Attila Mozer

Attila Mozer

I am a keen mountain bike rider. As a chemical engineer by education and a laser spectroscopist by training, I spend most of my time interrogating solar cell materials with short laser pulses.

Andrew Nattestad

Andrew Nattestad

When I'm not being a coffee snob (i grew up in Melbourne), I look at ways to make sunlight do useful things for humanity.

Who developed the course?

The University of Wollongong is among the world’s top 20 modern universities. It routinely rates among the top Australian universities for graduate satisfaction and starting salaries.

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