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 3 hours
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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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    This course started 28 Oct 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • An understanding of the world's energy problems
  • Requirements for new energy generation and storage
  • Our energy requirements
  • The use of new energy materials
  • An understanding of non-metallic conductors for use in energy generation and storage
  • The difference between 2D and 3D materials in the context of supercharged materials
  • Thermoelectricity and how it might help solve the energy crisis
  • Battery versus Fuel Cells
  • An energy efficient street
  • 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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