Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources - Overview & Integration: A Renewable Energy Certificate Course

Please note: Course is offered at the beginning of every month. You may sign up for it at any time, and your course will begin the first day of the upcoming month.
Who Should Attend
This online course is ideal for individuals who want to learn about renewable energy, current trends, technologies and applications.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Define key aspects of the growing renewable resource industry, including different types of energy sources and locations.
  • Describe the current use of wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass energy.
  • Identify and list past and current incentives for using renewable energy, including tax credits, grants, cost savings, and more.
  • Recognize companies developing and investing in renewable energy, as well as estimate the business benefits of such investments.
  • Identify the scientific fundamentals of the exploration, development, and distribution of different sources.
  • Describe the technological components of different sources, e.g., commercial and small-scale wind turbines, photovoltaics and CSP, and biomass.
  • Cite current applications of renewable resource technologies within the energy industry.
  • Compare and contrast the scientific, technological, and business components of renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
  • Discuss and analyze case studies involving the integration of renewable and non-renewable energy.
  • Devise methods for the integration of renewable and non-renewable sources in order to anticipate future changes in the energy market.
Course Content

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for renewable energy. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of the scientific, technological, and business aspects of sources of renewable energy, participants will also learn techniques for integration with existing non-renewable resources, both on a large production scale and a smaller scale for use in commercial, public, and private structures. The final project involves planning an installation requiring renewable and non-renewable energy integration.

With direct contact with your professor, who will answer questions and review your work via e-mail, you will have a chance to learn about renewable energy in a personalized setting. You may also have an opportunity to interact with other professionals in the field who will be available for your questions. A discussion board will be available for interaction with peers.

This course is part of a 5-course series: Certificate in Renewable Energy. The goal of the series of courses, and the Renewable Energy program is to equip earth scientists with knowledge to enable them to take the lead in integrated energy projects and programs. An earth scientist’s unique training and understanding of the big picture — the global picture — provides unmatched abilities to design, oversee, and promote integrated energy solutions which require bringing together fossil energy, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and others.

  • Unit 1 (Week 1): Scientific and Technology
  • Unit 2 (Week 2): Exploration and Development
  • Unit 3 (Week 3): Investment Models and Benefits
  • Unit 4 (Week 4): Integration Techniques
Course Structure

This course is designed to be equivalent to a 3 credit-hour graduate-level seminar. It is a 4-week online course which consists of 4 one-week units that involve readings, multimedia, guiding questions, and assignments for you to do and to email to your instructor. You will receive feedback from your instructor, and upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate. As part of our five-course Certificate in Renewable Energy program, if you complete this course as well as the others, you will receive 5 course certificates and a program certificate.

Required Work: For each unit, one research project and a short paper that builds on results of the research project, for a total of four brief research projects and four papers.

Core Text Suggestions
  • Boyle, Godfrey. Renewable Energy. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Buhrke, Thomas and Roland Wengemayr. Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Future. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley—VCH, 2008.
  • da Rosa, Aldo V. Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes, Second Edition. St. Louis: Academic Press, 2009.

Expires on
01 January, 2099
Nonmember Tuition
Expires on
01 January, 2099
Member Tuition


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