Full course description
Starts August 17, 2015
Keeping the lights on, gasoline in our cars, and our homes comfortable, requires energy resources. These include coal, methane, petroleum, uranium, biomass, water, wind, geothermal, and sunlight. Knowing how we measure, acquire and use these resources is critical information because human population and income aspirations are increasing, while access to the means of prosperity—energy dense and affordable resources—is at best uneven. This course provides you with the tools you need to better understand the energy resources we currently use, and empowers you with the information you need to pursue the energy resources we want to use in our future.
Instructor, Earth Science
Theodore Erski teaches energy studies, the earth sciences, and geography at McHenry County College in Illinois. Recent work includes his textbook Energy Resources, designing and constructing an axial flux alternator for student lab investigations, and participating in a grant from the Illinois Green Energy Network (IGEN) that is installing a 92 kW photovoltaic array at his college.