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Energy Courses

Take free online courses in solar, nuclear and other forms of energy. Learn about worldwide energy development and the impact of energy production and use on the environment.

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What is Energy?

Energy is defined as a capacity to do work. As a property, it is passed to an object in order for that object to do something. The object gains the energy and can now act. Energy exists in many forms including kinetic energy, potential energy, electromagnetic energy, solar energy, thermal energy and more. Energy comes from many sources including the sun, fossil fuels (coal, natural gas) and nuclear reactions.

Online Energy Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to different forms of energy with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. edX offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about standard and alternative energy sources and technologies in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more. Find courses on nuclear energy, solar energy, mechanics, thermodynamics, potential energy, kinetic energy and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in energy courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course.

Did you know that in only eight weeks, you could learn how to design a complete photovoltaic system? TU Delft offers a free online course that will not only introduce you to solar energy technology but also teach you the working principles of photovoltaic conversion so that you can design your own system. Learn about different methods of converting solar energy into electricity as well as how to analyze the performance of solar cells. For more advance study of solar power, consider enrolling in the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMaster’s Program, also from TU Delft. This 5-part, in-depth program will give you the technical knowledge you need to get on a path to a career in solar energy.

Explore these and other free online classes. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.