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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Energy Principles and Renewable Energy Certificate in collaboration with University of Queensland - UQx. An introduction to the language of energy, key scientific principles that underpin energy systems, future energy challenges and available renewable energy options.


The Energy Principles and Renewable Energy Certificate, which is part of Sustainable Energy MicroMasters Program and is offered by EdX in partnership with University of Queensland - UQx, is an excellent foundation for equipping learners to understand the basics of everything related to energy and the challenges associated with transitioning to a sustainable energy future.

We will provide an overview of the energy challenge including supply and demand - from where we have come from, and the likely future scenarios for 2050.

You will learn the language of energy and the key scientific principles that underpin energy systems.

The course will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the suite of renewable energy and technology options available for electricity generation.

It will be useful for those working in the energy industry and policy space, non government organisations, or anyone keen to find out more about energy.

What you'll learn

  • The language of energy
  • The challenges involved in providing sustainable energy supply
  • Key scientific principles that underpin energy systems
  • The basics of a number of available renewable energy options
  • The role of energy storage

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Topic 0: Energy Literacy
  • Topic 1: The Challenge
  • Topic 2: Energy Systems
  • Topic 3: Bioenergy
  • Topic 4: Geothermal
  • Topic 5: Solar
  • Topic 6: Wind
  • Topic 7: Hydropower
  • Topic 8: Ocean Power
  • Topic 9: Energy Storage
  • Topic 10: Electricity Management


  • Simon Smart -  Senior Research Fellow, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, The University of Queensland
  • Elliot Tonkes - Energy Markets Expert

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    99 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 99 USD for the full programme and a duration of 77 days.
  • National Applies to you

    99 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 99 USD for the full programme and a duration of 77 days.
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