Welcome to Stanford's Understand Energy Learning Hub
We are excited to share the content of a wildly popular course taught at Stanford for over three decades. Our goal is to help you understand energy as a complex system with significant impacts on human development, the environment, the economy, equity and justice, and more. We invite you to explore our site and build your literacy around energy resources from fossil fuels like oil and coal to renewable resources like the wind, the sun, and efficiency; energy currencies like electricity and hydrogen; and energy services such as transportation and buildings.
We are committed to providing free energy education that will help you build your personal and professional capacity to address climate change and sustainability issues, engage on equity and human development challenges, participate in energy industry markets and technology innovation, and make informed energy decisions.
Your Guide to Understand Energy
Introduction to Energy
Why We Care About Energy
Fossil Fuel Energy