Energy 101

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As a society and individually, we use energy every moment of our lives to improve our quality of life. Energy 101 will develop the big picture and connect the details of our energy use, technology, infrastructure, impact, and future.

About the Course

Energy 101 focuses on the big energy picture giving perspective and context to the details one reads in the daily onslaught of energy news in the headlines. As the number 101 indicates, there are no pre-requisites and no particular training or background needed. The course will review the driving forces of energy used in transportation, building heating and cooling, electrical loads and manufacturing. The current facts and trends of the resulti…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

As a society and individually, we use energy every moment of our lives to improve our quality of life. Energy 101 will develop the big picture and connect the details of our energy use, technology, infrastructure, impact, and future.

About the Course

Energy 101 focuses on the big energy picture giving perspective and context to the details one reads in the daily onslaught of energy news in the headlines. As the number 101 indicates, there are no pre-requisites and no particular training or background needed. The course will review the driving forces of energy used in transportation, building heating and cooling, electrical loads and manufacturing. The current facts and trends of the resulting demands placed on coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, biomass, solar and wind used to meet these energy demands are then covered. The technologies and characteristics of different energy processes and infrastructure used to convert the renewable, fossil, and nuclear energy into the desired form necessary to accomplish a given task are then described. Economics is always a part of the discussion. The natural laws of thermodynamics limiting these processes are described, as well as future technologies and their potential.

About the Instructor(s)

Dr. Sam Shelton is a nationally recognized expert in energy systems. He is the founding director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute, an interdisciplinary technology development-based resource started in 2003. The institute is actively engaged with industry to facilitate near-term, high-impact solutions to national and regional energy challenges. As a professor for 35 years, he developed in-class and web delivered undergraduate and graduate level energy technology courses. His primary research focus has been renewable and efficient energy technology development receiving over $30 million in R&D funding. Dr. Shelton holds eight patents in energy technologies and founded two companies developing, manufacturing and marketing energy-efficient products. Starting in the 1980s, he was among the pioneers developing commercial solar energy technologies and the assessment of offshore wind farms. His favorite hobby is flying experimental airplanes.

Recommended Background

None. All are welcome.

Course Format

The class will consist of lecture videos which are between 5 – 12 minutes in length. There will be standalone quizzes that are not part of the video lectures.

FAQ

  • Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

    Certificate of Completion will be provided by Georgia Tech C21U

  • What are some surprising things I might learn about energy during the course?

    A couple of examples are that building nuclear, wind and solar energy systems does not save any oil in the US.

  • Will I have to know calculus to understand the course material?

    No, only mathematical addition, subtraction, and division.

  • What type of reading will be assigned?

    Articles written for the general public.

  • What type of research will be assigned?

    Looking up specific energy facts on the US Energy Information Agency website.

  • Will the instructor be available for questions and discussion?

    Yes, Dr. Shelton will schedule a weekly Screenside Chat.

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University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Instructor(s): Sam Shelton

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