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Certificate Course: Basic Concepts and Applications in Alternative Energy

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Conventional fossil fuel based sources of energy are both unsustainable and environmentally polluting. The increased use of fossil fuels since the industrial revolution has resulted in copious emissions of greenhouse gases leading to an enhancement of the atmospheric greenhouse effect, and an attendant increase in global surface temperature. This increase in temperature termed global warming, has altered global climate resulting in anthropogenic climate change. Beyond that, fossil fuels exist in limited quantities which are used up as they are consumed. As demand continues to grow, costs have soared on the international market. It is becoming progressively difficult for small island states like Jamaica to find scarce foreign currency to meet its energy bill. These circumstances have collectively occasioned the need for alternative energy sources, which are cleaner, more sustainable and (over the long-term) cheaper.

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