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Off-grid Renewable Energy: A Thorough Understanding

Off-grid Renewable Energy: A Thorough Understanding

Explore how off-grid renewable systems help meet the UN's goals for sustainable energy supply . And discover the answers to its successful implementation.

We will announce the next run of this course in due course. If you are interested and would like to know when this course is open for enrolment, register your interest below.

Around the world, 1.2 billion people still have no access to electricity. And many more suffer from an inadequate and unreliable energy supply. It is widely accepted that off-grid renewable energy systems hold the key to achieving the United Nations's goal of providing everyone with access to sustainable energy by 2030. And in so doing they meet international commitments to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. But is this all easier said than done? Where do you begin? And how do you make a success of it?

What will you learn?

In this programme you will pursue two complete, online courses that explore the technical, policy, social and economic features of off-grid renewable energy systems around the world. The programme adopts a unique multidisciplinary perspective that empowers you to develop an innovation mindset, to cross boundaries and to your part in driving the off-grid revolution.


After completing your training you will:
• Be familiar with the trends and the main characteristics and applications of off-grid renewable electricity systems
• Possess the know-how to assess the benefits and social value of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries
• Have the skills to foster the sustainability of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries
• Be able to define the principles of a smart energy framework to enable off-grid renewable energy systems
• Know about the different business models applied to mini-grids and standalone systems in developing countries
• Understand the role of policy and regulatory frameworks in scaling up off-grid renewable electricity systems and various funding mechanisms
• Know how to apply the principles and tools associated with energy planning in the context of decentralised electrification
• Develop a network of contacts and knowledge sources within and outside the course environment.

 

How will you learn?

Both courses are delivered online course 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
• Forum debates – so that you can exchange ideas with fellow learners
• Hangout sessions to exchange knowledge and pose questions to the experts
• Self-evaluation quizzes.

Is it right for you?

This programme is designed for professionals and soon-to-be graduates looking for innovative and proven solutions 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.

Course experts

Maryse Labriet

Director of the MOOC. Faculty Lecturer at the EOI-Madrid.

Beatriz Maroto

Project Manager on renewable energy and water access at the Foundation Energia sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), 

Carlos Sordo

Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager at Practical Action, in United Kingdom. 

Caroline Nijland

General Director of Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in the Netherlands. 

Grégoire Lena

Renewable Energy Expert, based in France, with in-depth expertise in solar photovoltaic sector 

José Gabriel Martín Fernández

Project Manager at ACCIONA Microenergy Foundation in Spain

Laura Williamson

Communication and Outreach Manager at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. 

Lucila Izquierdo

President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Energía sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain.

Michel Labrousse

Consultant, retired engineer, based in France. Collaborates with Electriciens sans Frontières (Electricians without Borders).

Rana Adib

Research Coordinator at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. 

Courses on this bundle

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