ALTERNATIVE ENERGY – Distance learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  07/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 8 lessons in this course: 1. Introduction: The Problems and the Energy Sources. • Scope and Nature • Terminology • Energy consumption through history • Climate Change • Energy units • Problems with Fossil Fuels • Problems with other energy sources ... hydro electricity, nuclear, wind, solar 2. Understanding Energy • Terminology • Understanding electricity • Conductors and non conductors • Measuring electricity ...current, voltage, resistance • Ohm's Law • Circuits ... Series; parallel • Kirchhoffs law • Power • Power ratings • Magnetism • Electromagnetism and Solenoids • Electric motors • Inductors • Lenz's law 3. Generating Electricity • Turbines • Generators • Fuel cells • Wind Power • Large Scale Wind System Design • Small Scale Wind System Design • Solar Energy • Positioning a solar cell • Small Scale Solar • Future Developments in Solar • Geothermal Energy • Dry Steam Power Plants • Flash Steam Power Plants • Binary Cycle Power Plants • Advantages of Geothermal • How Geothermal is used • Geothermal heat pumps • Hydropower • Tide and Current Power • Tide Barage • Tidal Turbines • Wave Power • Nuclear Energy • Fission Reactors • Fusion • Half Lives and Radioactivity • Waste to Energy 4. Storage and Using Electricity • Terminology • Cells -simple cell, car battery, gel, AGM, Nickel etc • Deep Cycle Battery • Lithium Rechargeable Batteries • Calculating Battery Requirements • Inverters • Alternators and Regulators • Converters • System Types • EMR & electricity use • Recommended Exposure Limits • Safety with Electricity 5. Non-Electric Systems • Scope and nature • Passive Solar • Fire Wood • Drying and storing wood • Comparing different wood types • Smoke fires • Creosote formation in fire flues • Environmental aspects of burning wood • Biofuels • Ethonol • Small scale Biomass • Passive Solar Energy • Solar hot water ... flat plat collectors, evacuated tubes, open or closed circuit, passive or active systems, heat pumps • Greenhouses • Night insulation • Solar Garden Water Features 6. Energy Consumption • Refucing energy consumption • Pricing • Population growth • Large scale reduction of energy consumption -managing green cities, urban sprawl, peak demands, transport, etc. 7. Energy Conservation • How a home owner can reduce energy consumption • Temperature control • Minimising light energy consumption • Minimising appliance energy consumption • Insulation • Water conservation • Solar house design 8. Converting to Alternative Systems • Estimating Energy Needs • Building Efficiency • System Design • System Designers Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Permaculture-and-Self-Sufficiency/ALTERNATIVE-ENERGY-VSS102-199.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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