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    4 Weeks
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    2–3 hours per week
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About this course

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Energy technology is a highly multidisciplinary subject, which extends from engineering (e.g. mechanical, chemical, civil, environmental and electrical) to economy and ecology. This course is designed for students with limited engineering knowledge. It gives a broad overview of energy technology, mainly focusing on electric power generation. Before introducing technical aspects of power generation, impacts of excessive fossil fuel consumption to the environment, such as global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain and emissive pollutants, are addressed. In addition, strategies and challenges of energy security and social justice for resource-poor countries, such as an island region of Taiwan, will be emphasized.

The technical topics cover most of the existing and emerging technologies, which include:

  • Fossil Fuel and Thermal Power Plants
  • Fuel Cells
  • Solar Energy → Photovoltaic & Concentrating Solar
  • Wind Energy
  • Hydroelectric Power & Ocean Energy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Biomass Energy
  • Nuclear Energy

The students will gain comprehensive knowledge of the above listed energy technologies, in which the working principles, their practical applications and the latest progresses are emphasized. Based on the knowledge learn in the classes, the students will be aware about the pros and cons of these technologies, and be able to make their choices for selecting the most desired energy. The course will also provide guidance for those who are interested in perusing their future careers or advanced educations in energy-related fields.

This course was developed and is being offered by National Chiao-Tung University through OECx.


  • 化石燃料與原動力(發電)廠
  • 燃料電池
  • 太陽能 - 光伏特效應與集中式熱能
  • 風能
  • 水力與海洋能
  • 地熱
  • 生質能
  • 核能


What you'll learn

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From this course, you will:

  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of existing and emerging energy technologies (Fossil Fuel, Power Plants, Fuel Cells, Nuclear, Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biomass Hydroelectric Power & Ocean Energy) and their applications.
  • Know strategies and challenges of energy security and social justice for resource-poor countries, such as an island region of Taiwan.
  • Become aware of pros and cons of energy technologies, and be able to make personal choices for selecting the most desired energy.
  • Understand guidelines for future careers or advanced education in energy-related fields.