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Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems: Fostering Viable Projects

Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems: Fostering Viable Projects

Accelerate the path to universal energy access

Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems: Fostering Viable Projects

Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours / week
200 €

Explore the off-grid renewable energy sector and its importance for universal energy access, and gain an understanding of the challenges and conditions to make off-grid renewable electricity projects happen at the bottom of the pyramid. 

In this course you will find out how off-grid renewable electricity systems can transform the lives of low-income and remote communities. You will assess the technical, social, policy and economic aspects of off-grid systems, and learn how projects can be successfully implemented to provide sustainable electricity in developing countries. This course is part of the 'Off-Grid renewable energy' learning bundle, an in-depth programme that will enable you to master the topic.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of this course, you will have: 

  • Explored the most recent trends in off-grid renewable energy.
  • Discovered the main characteristics and applications of off-grid renewable electricity systems.
  • Gained the know-how to assess the benefits and social value of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries.
  • Acquired the skills to foster the sustainability of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries.
  • Learned how to define the principles of a smart energy framework to enable off-grid renewable energy systems.
  • Developed a network of contacts and knowledge sources within and outside the course environment.

How will you learn?

This is an online course designed to maximise impact and flexibility. As long as you have access to the internet, you can pursue your learning anytime, anywhere at the pace and rhythm that works for you. Teaching methods include:

  • 21 video lessons consisting of theory and case studies.
  • Supplementary material for each lesson, including online resources, reports and articles.
  • Online Slack interaction and support throughout the course.
  • Hangout sessions for the opportunity to exchange knowledge and pose questions to the experts.
  • Assessment consisting of self-evaluation quizzes.

Is it right for you?

The course is aimed at professionals and soon-to-be graduates looking for innovative and proven solutions designed to enable universal access to sustainable energy. Organisations you might be working in include: 

  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Companies committed to socially responsible business in developing countries
  • Research organisations
  • Cooperation agencies looking to identify prospects of off-grid solutions.

Who will teach you?

Maryse Labriet

Director of the MOOC. Faculty Lecturer at the EOI-Madrid. Consultant and researcher on climate change, sustainable energy and energy modelling. Founder of Eneris Consultants, in Spain. 

Beatriz Maroto

Project Manager on renewable energy and water access at the Foundation Energia sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain and active in more than 20 countries. 

Carlos Sordo

Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager at Practical Action, in United Kingdom. Responsible of managing innovative partnerships providing holistic solutions to energy access problems.

Caroline Nijland

General Director of Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in the Netherlands. FRES advances rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa with solar home systems and solar/hybrid mini-grids.

Grégoire Lena

Renewable Energy Expert, based in France, with in-depth expertise in solar photovoltaic sector and in the design of mini-grids in developing countries. 

José Gabriel Martín Fernández

Project Manager at ACCIONA Microenergy Foundation in Spain, focused on sustainable access to basic services such as energy and water, in isolated rural areas in developing countries.

Laura Williamson

Communication and Outreach Manager at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the development of regional status reports. 

Lucila Izquierdo

President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Energía sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain. Her priority is the sustainability of water and energy access projects. 

Michel Labrousse

Consultant, retired engineer, based in France. Collaborates with Electriciens sans Frontières (Electricians without Borders), a French association providing electricity services to the poor. 

Rana Adib

Research Coordinator at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the annual production of the Renewables Global Status Report. 

Off-grid renewable energy systems: To foster viable projects

Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours / week
200

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