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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Resilient Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities

University of Alaska Fairbanks via edX XSeries


Dive into the cutting-edge world of resilient renewable energy solutions, microgrids, and a holistic approach to Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) security. This program blends two comprehensive free online courses to equip you with the latest knowledge and strategies from global examples and real-world case studies.

Program Highlights:

  • Revolutionize your understanding of how microgrids are reshaping energy systems and laying the groundwork for new renewable energy futures.
  • Grasp the essence of microgrid systems, design, and integration with real-world examples of sustainability.
  • Course material covers the globe, including real-world sites such as King Island, Australia, the clean energy mission of Hawaii, and Alaska's pioneering role in adoption and integration of microgrid power systems.
  • Master concepts like the fundamentals of non-grid connected systems, system control, power electronics advances, and inverter technologies.
  • Learn at your own pace with interactive modules focusing on real-world case studies and contribute to forums with other interested learners.
  • Assess feasibility for community implementation of solar energy and photovoltaics, hydroelectric, geothermal, wind power, and other sustainable energy solutions and energy sources.
  • Explore the intricacies of food, energy, and water security, addressing challenges like climate change impacts, health disparities, and fossil fuel repercussions.
  • Utilize real energy production data from wind turbines and solar power, and connect with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Join this program and learn how to put into practice the underpinnings of a resilient, renewable, and sustainable future for communities worldwide. Perfect for students, community planners, decision-makers, energy professionals, and globally-conscious citizens.

Learners in these renewable energy courses will gain specialized expertise on energy in small communities and remote regions, touching on engineering, social science, and traditional community knowledge.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: The Resilient and Renewable Grid: How Microgrids are Revolutionizing Energy Systems

A foundational course on microgrid systems design with an emphasis on community-based projects and non-grid connected remote systems.

Course 2: Powering Resilient Communities: A Holistic Approach to Food, Energy, and Water Security

A research-based course on resilient renewable energy solutions, with an emphasis on microgrids, and Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) security.


Taught by

Srijan Aggarwal, Jennifer Schmidt, Michelle Wilber, Chris Pike, Christie Haupert, Henry Huntington, Michele Chamberlin, Daniel Sambor, Rich Wies, Jr., Erin Whitney, Gwen Holdmann, Daisy Huang and Bill Schnabel


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