University at Buffalo
Renewable Energy: Fundamentals and Job Opportunities
University at Buffalo

Renewable Energy: Fundamentals and Job Opportunities

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Timothy Cochran
Marjaneh Issapour
Robin McClellan

Instructors: Timothy Cochran


(185 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
26 hours to complete
3 weeks at 8 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Develop foundational understanding of clean energy market segments (sustainability, green building, solar, wind, and nanotechnology)

  • Explain the fundamental principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability

  • Identify renewable energy career opportunities and corresponding educational pathways

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There are 8 modules in this course

What's included

3 readings

This module provides a foundation for the course, covering energy consumption and conservation, the importance of renewable energy, and pathways to careers in renewable energy.

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11 videos5 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Learners will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of sustainability, why sustainability matters, and career opportunities in the field.

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7 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Learners will develop an understanding of the value of green buildings, fundamental green building principles, and common rating systems.

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5 videos5 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Learners will consider the benefits and limitations of solar energy, and gain an understanding of solar energy careers and educational opportunities.

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15 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Learners will review the history of wind energy, consider wind as a fluid, explore turbine design and siting, and gain an understanding of wind power careers and educational pathways.

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11 videos6 readings6 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Learners will be introduced to nanotechnology and its applications in renewable energy. Careers and educational pathways will also be explored.

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6 videos3 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Using the resources provided throughout the course, you will hone in on a renewable energy career of interest. By assessing your current background and reviewing the requirements for the desired position, you will conduct a gap analysis and be able to describe the education and training needed to enter your ideal renewable energy career. This culminating project leaves learners with a roadmap to a renewable energy career.

What's included

10 readings1 quiz1 peer review


Instructor ratings
4.6 (98 ratings)
Timothy Cochran
University at Buffalo
1 Course13,408 learners
Marjaneh Issapour
University at Buffalo
1 Course13,408 learners
Robin McClellan
University at Buffalo
1 Course13,408 learners

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