Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
Convert energy and sustain knowledge about introducing modern renewable technology in developing countries. Ponder community and technical challenges. Deliberate traditional renewable sources. Study rising global population growth and energy demands.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- discuss the current methods of energy provision in developing countries, particularly in rural areas, the problems they cause, and the need for new sustainable methods of providing energy services
- conduct practical assessment and design for the main small scale renewable energy technologies suitable for such commsubjecties and demonstrate an understanding of how to introduce and maintain them
- approach problems holistically, rather than in a purely technical way ensuring that key criteria such as social/cultural, economic and environmental aspects are assessed
- identify a number of key elements that affect the successful introduction of renewable technologies in a development setting including needs assessment, technology transfer, financing, planning and gender issues.
- Unit introduction, sustainable energy and development
- Energy sources
- Community development using renewable energy
- Electrification using solar energy
- Cooking with renewable energy technologies
- Wind and water power technologies
- Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE)
- Sustainable transport and biofuel
- Technology selection, transfer and gender issues
- Markets, microfinance and project planning
- Renewable energy in Indigenous communities
- Renewable energy and sustainability - a review
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Resources and Links