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Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden resubmitted U.S. to join the Paris Agreement while his administration laid the groundwork for a major climate-change mitigation push including clean energy.

Under the Biden administration, renewable energy resources are expected to deliver 70% of the new generation capacity built this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The U.S. utility sector has also made a dramatic turn toward clean energy bolstered by the economics of renewable energy and by state mandates and corporate demands for carbon reduction.

In the past four years, most major U.S. electric utilities have committed to net-zero or zero-carbon emissions goals, most of them aimed at a 2050 target, and some seeking even more aggressive timelines.

Clean Energy is energy that is produced through methods that do not release greenhouse gases or any other pollutants. Clean energy can be generated from a variety of renewable sources such as solar and air currents.

Clean energy technologies enable the production of electricity, heat and fuel from renewable sources.

Clean energy technology is an important tool to ensure clean energy substitution.

Progress in deployment of clean energy technologies has been somewhat outpaced by overall energy demand growth. In 2019, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion reached more than 33 gigatonnes (Gt), a record high. Many existing energy assets are still young, particularly in Asia. Around 45% of installed fossil-fueled power generation capacity in Southeast Asia was built within the last 10 years, and 70% within the last 20 years.

Consequently, while solar, wind and geothermal clean energy technologies are being established, the renewable energy industry is on a never-ending quest to find new clean energy sources.

Among the emerging clean energy technologies, fuel cells are growing rapidly. A fuel cell basically consists of two electrodes on either side of a polymeric electrolyte membrane. Hydrogen and oxygen are purged over each of the electrodes, loaded with catalyst and through a chemical reaction, electricity, heat and water are produced.

Introduction to Clean Energy Course by Tonex

Introduction to Clean Energy is a 2-day training course and covers the fundamentals of clean energy and innovation to unlock and deploy new zero-carbon technologies for the future.

Participants will learn about  energy and climate research and innovation, as well as clean and resilient infrastructure and communities. Fossil fuels still comprise nearly 80% of global energy. Reducing emissions in the power sectors are the key to global warming and zero-carbon economy. We also discuss how to create and store clean energy more efficiently for use at moments of peak demand, more efficient controls and sensors for advanced manufacturing, more effective and thinner insulation for buildings, and cybersecurity improvements to make smart grids more resilient to attacks.

Who Should Attend

Introduction to Clean Energy course is designed for engineers, managers, lawmakers, government employees and others with little or no clean energy  experience. The course is also useful for those who have experience with clean energy but have never had any formal training.

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of principles behind clean energy
  • Learn the basic principles behind all key renewable power sources- solar, wind, biomass, hydropower and fuel cells
  • A summary of government’s initiatives behind clean energy and new job markets
  • How to implement clean energy policies and governance
  • How to plan, design and build zero-carbon technologies
  • Summary of case studies and practical implementation through physical examples

Course Content and Agenda

Fundamentals of Clean Energy

  • Introduction to Clean Energy
  • How does Clean Energy Work?
  • Benefits of Clean Energy
  • How can Clean Energy be used to Reduce Global Warming?
  • How will Clean Energy help our Economy?
  • How can we get clean energy?
  • Examples of Clean Energy
  • Towards Clean Energy Future

Energy Basics

  • Introduction to Alternative Energy
  • Why does Renewable Energy Matter?
  • Low-carbon Electricity

Renewable Energy Sources

  • Carbon Reduction
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydropower
  • Ocean
  • Solar Energy and PV Modules
  • Wind Energy
  • Zero Energy Buildings
  • Waste-to-Energy Systems
  • Fuel Cells
  • Hydrogen Applications
  • Energy Storage Applications

Governmental Energy Programs

  • Rapid Advances in Technologies, Development of Robust Supply Chains
  • Policy Incentives
  • Future Trends

Overview of Clean Energy Initiatives

  • Grid-scale storage vs. lithium-ion batteries
  • Small modular nuclear reactors
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning using refrigerants with no global warming potential
  • Zero net energy buildings at zero net cost
  • Renewables to produce carbon-free hydrogen
  • Decarbonizing industrial heat
  • Transformation of steel, concrete, and chemicals industries
  • Reimagining carbon-neutral construction materials;
  • Decarbonizing the food and agriculture sector,
  • Leveraging agriculture to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground;
  • Capturing carbon dioxide from power plant exhausts
  • Accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture sequestration technology
  • Carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS)
  • The future of nuclear energy
  • Clean Energy Export and Climate Investment Initiative
  • Strategy to develop a low-carbon manufacturing sector

Introduction to Clean Energy

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