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Week I: Overview of Renewable Energy Technologies

Green Energy Summer School

Get to know the various renewable energy technologies and their economic potentials– in both urban and rural setting. This five days course gives the participants a structured overview of the different renewable energy sources, how they can be harnessed and used for the provision of energy in the form of electricity, heat and cold. It is perfect for those who are new to renewable energies and need a quick entry to its technical, commercial, legal or administrative aspects. Through a blended mix of instructor-led training, hands-on practical exercises and site visits participants will get a comprehensive overview of the main, commercially-viable renewable technologies, and come to understand how they work and how the different systems are designed. At the end of the five days, you will be able to assess the appropriateness of different technologies for different situations and undertake your own initial designs for renewable energy systems. Additionally the course will also present an overview of the renewable energy markets and latest market trends.


Start date: 21.08.2017
End date: 25.08.2017
Location: Berlin, Germany
Registration Deadline: 31.07.2017
Seminar language: English
Seminar timetable:
Price: 1,500.00 EUR

Early bird price: 1,350.00 EUR
Valid until: 27.06.2017


  • Renewable energy overview-Range of commercially viable renewable energy technologies
  • Energy, electricity, CO2 emissions- the solar source, electricity and non-electrical energy, energy efficiency, CO2 emissions of different energy technologies
  • Photovoltaics- solar PV applications, off grid and on-grid systems, components of solar PV system, system design and sizing, project assessment, planning, implementation and energy yield, economic assessment of solar PV systems, cash-flow analysis, modelling of a solar PV project, softwares
  • Solar thermal- The solar resource for solar thermal, Solar water heating, Flat plate collectors, evacuated tubes, storage tanks and other components, system set up, system design and sizing, Project assessment and planning, economics
  • Wind energy -The wind resource and assessment, wind energy principles, basics of wind power systems, types of wind turbines, large/small, grid-tied/stand-alone, power curve, energy yield calculation, project planning, shadow and noise, planning software overview, project financing, wind energy market development
  • Bioenergy -Sustainability of bioenergy, biogas technology, biogas fields of application, biogas potential of different substrates, biogas and digestate utilization, market development, biogas economics calculation tool exercise, biomass combustion, biomass pyrolysis and gasification, overview on biofuels
  • Hydropower- Principles of hydro-power, types of hydro systems, site assessment and sizing hydro systems, economics
  • Concentrating solar power (CSP) - overview of CSP, technologies, markets, current and future developments, economics
  • Grid integration of renewable energy sources- how electricity networks work, what impact renewable sources of electricity generation have on electric grids, frequency control, voltage control
  • Field trip - Visit to renewable energy systems


On completion of the course, participants would have had:

  • a comprehensive overview of the main commercially viable renewable technologies,
  • an understanding of how they work, how systems are designed and sized,
  • to do initial designs for renewable energy systems, be able to assess the appropriateness of different technologies for different situations,
  • an overview of the main renewable energy market sectors and be able to communicate effectively and knowledgably with technology suppliers and customers.

Target group 

The course is designed for persons working in the industry-, non-profit-, public- and academic sectors who wish to get a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy technologies, as well as those wishing to install renewable energy systems in both urban and rural settings. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own projects. It is ideal for newcomers to the industry.


Albrecht Tiedemann, RENAC

Albrecht Tiedemann is the director for renewables grid integration and wind power at the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG since 2008. He is currently responsible for the ReGrid program “capacity building on integration of large amounts of renewable energy in electricity grids” and the management of RENAC’s wind energy education program. He works as lecturer and moderates panel discussions, workshops, seminars and conferences. From 2003 to 2008 Mr. Tiedemann worked for the German Energy Agency and has been involved in consulting for the German Federal Minister of Economics & Technology, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the European Commission and enterprises in the energy sector. From 1989 to 2003 he worked as a scientific assistant for the Federal Environmental Agency of Germany. Until 1989 he studied at the Technical University of Berlin and holds a diploma „Engineer of Environmental Protection Technology“.

Frank Jackson, RENAC 

Frank Jackson has been involved in the solar energy industry since the early 1990s, running courses and seminars, and designing and installing systems. He has worked in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia. Besides training activities, he has designed and installed numerous photovoltaic systems. He also is involved in running courses for people entering the renewable energies industry. He is editor of the Earthscan Expert series, a new series of books designed to providing clear, practical information for people who want to work with environmentally friendly low-carbon technologies; the books range from specific handbooks to more general guides.

Lars Koerner, RENAC

Lars Koerner holds an engineering diploma in Environmental technology and renewable energy from the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. He has gained several years of experience as project engineer and senior product manager for photovoltaic systems with SolarWorld AG where he also conducted worldwide trainings for staff and customers. He is an expert on decentralized solar hybrid mini-grids.

His experience in the area of solar energy spans further at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Freiburg where he worked on a monitoring concept for village power supply systems in China and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Katie Brown, RENAC

Katie grew up in Northern Ireland and then went to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She worked for Arups for two years as a building services engineer working on heating and ventilation system design, in particular on the New Justice Building in Antwerp, Belgium. In between times she has been involved with a development charity in Kenya, working with street children in Nairobi and doing a water supply project. Katie has spent six years working with renewable energy systems at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, UK ( Whilst there she did several domestic solar thermal and wood fuel installations as well as working on domestic PV systems, on- and offgrid, wind and hydro. Since 2008 she works as lecturer for RENAC.

Volker Jaensch, RENAC

Volker Jaensch joined RENAC in August 2010. He has ten years professional experience in project development, due diligence, financing and implementation of renewable energy projects with focus on biomass and wind-energy (at daughter companies of Veolia Environment and Gamesa Energia). He also gained experience in the political arena of renewable energies at German Energy Agency. Before joining RENAC Volker was active for four years in the development and implementation of sustainable Carbon Credit generating projects (according to the Kyoto Protocol and the Gold Standard) in developing countries. Volker holds degrees in Environmental Engineering and Master of Business Administrati on (MBA).

Martin Schnauss, RENAC

Martin Schnauss has been working in area of renewable energies for more than 2 decades. He is currently working as freelance engineer, working on feasibility and market studies and developing market introduction strategies. With respect to solar systems, both solar thermal and PV, he possesses profound experience in planning and construction, technical support, cost estimates, analyses of cost-effectiveness, monitoring an research, system optimising and computer simulation. In his career he has been working as an engineer for e.g. the Technical University of Berlin, German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) or the engineering Dr. Valentin. Martin Schnauss regularly gives presentations in the context of national and international conferences and gained teaching experienced in many lectures and seminars on renewable energy technologies since the 1980ies. 

Emilienne Tingwey, RENAC

Emilienne Tingwey holds a PhD in Environmental  Sciences and a Masters in Environmental and  Resource Management from the Brandenburg Technical University (BTU) in Cottbus as of April 2009. She joined the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG in Berlin in 2010 and started off as a project assistant in the international know-how transfer project TREE (Transfer Renewable Energy & Efficiency). With the completion of this project, she manages various tailor-made courses offered by RENAC, assists in the practical exercises of solar trainings and also supports the RENAC team in the implementation of international know-how transfer project ReGrid. Since 2012, she oversees the organization of the international study program GPE Solar which is offered by TU Berlin in cooperation with RENAC. She is presently the heads the Green Energy Summer  School an annual study event of  offered by RENAC

Born in Cameroon, Dr. Emilienne Tingwey grew up and studied in Cameroon right up to her bachelor degree before moving to Germany.  She speaks fluent English, French, Pidgin, Moghamo and German.



Accomodation RENAC is situated in the center of Berlin with a lot of Hostels/Hotels around it. RENAC will support you in finding a suitable accommodation, nevertheless the booking you have to make yourself.


The Renewable Energy Summer School takes place in RENAC’s Training Center. It is located in the heart of Berlin, at 5 minutes walking distance to the central place Alexanderplatz. Close by to the training premises at RENAC are plenty of boutiques, cafés, bars, museums, cinemas and other opportunities to enjoy the evenings or the week-end during the best season in Berlin.

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