Future energy demand and supply

Future energy demand and supply

Course provided by Open University

Summary overview

  • Online anytime

  • 13 hours study time

  • Environment and agriculture

  • Free

  • Level 2

About this course

Consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than tenfold 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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Summarise the difficulties of forecasting energy demand.
  2. Assess the importance of political and economic issues, as well as geological and environmental factors, in determining trends in energy use.
  3. Outline some of the contrasting scenarios for energy supply in the 21st century and discuss evolving technologies that could play a part in future energy systems.
  4. Appreciate the environmental consequences of society’s current energy use, and the challenges of developing sustainable energy supply.