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RENAC Summer School 2017

Summer with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

21 August - 8 September 2017 in Berlin


The Renewables Academy (RENAC) through its Green Energy Summer School (GESS) gives a unique opportunity to get an exceptional insight into renewable energy sources, the various technologies of harnessing them and how to save the energy captured through energy efficiency. GESS, a three week programme, takes place in Berlin in the summer of each year. Each week offers a different theme of renewable energy/energy efficiency designed for different target groups taking into consideration their knowledge on the subject and their background.

With an increased interest in other specific subjects of renewable energy, GESS 2017 is offering six separate themes. The first week of overview of renewable energy technology is designed to suit the interest of technicians and non-technicians who want to enhance their career prospects by getting a comprehensive introduction to the various available renewable energy technologies. In the course of the second week, students, professionals, technicians etc., have the opportunity to obtain either an in-depth know how in both grid-connected and off-grid photovoltaic systems or they can get concise overview of energy efficiency in industry and buildings. A third week of three parallel seminars completes the GESS 2017 programme with courses on how to integrate variable renewable energy into the grid or financing renewable energy projects-all two with focus on Wind and PV- or get an in-depth into bioenergy by looking at small-scale biogas plants.

All these are achieved through a blend of up to date theoretical lectures, state of the art practical exercises and field excursions accompanied by a lot of fun and international networking. The "Green Energy Summer School" serves as a platform to study in a team with professionals from many different countries while bringing renewable energy and / or energy efficiency know-how to perfection.

Who can apply?

Week I: Introduction of Renewable Energy Technologies

Date: From 21.08.2017 to 25.08.2017
  • Persons with no specific previous knowledge in renewable energy.
  • Individuals with an interest in the different types of renewable energy technologies
  • Anyone who wants to extend his or her knowledge in the field of renewable energies
  • Advisors and consultants,
  • Bank employees responsible for the finance of renewable energy,
  • Insurance company employees
  • Developers, investors,
  • Lawyers, decision makers, government employees
  • Multipliers from industry associations.
  • Students interested in gaining an overview of RE to in order to chose a study path.

Further information & registration


Week II a: Grid-connected and off-grid Photovoltaic

Date: From 28.08.2017 to 01.09.2017
  • Persons who want to extend their technical knowledge in the field of photovoltaic
  • Engineers and electricians with limited or no technical knowledge on PV technologies
  • Solar planners and installers,
  • Contractors, project managers, quality inspectors and energy professionals
  • Technical support crew and customer service professionals in the solar energy industry
  • Advisors and consultants
  • Architects and homebuilders
  • Bank employees responsible for the finance of PV projects
  • Insurance company employees and sales persons
  • Students and those starting or wanting to pursue a professional career in solar PV
  • Staff from government bodies and public authorities responsible for PV implementation
  • Persons interested in the practical aspects of PV system installations.

Further information & registration


Week II b: Overview of Energy Efficiency in Industry and Buildings

Date: From 28.08.2017 to 01.09.2017
  • Individuals with no knowledge  on energy management and auditing
  • Persons interested in energy audits in industry and buildings
  • Anyone starting a career in energy efficiency in either industry or buildings
  • Those who want an insight into the ISO 50001 and its application
  • Those involved with energy certification task
  • Engineers and architects
  • Persons from government institutions, professional and industry associations
  • Regulators and decision makers
  • Finance institutions and (Re)insurer
  • Persons from development aid associations

Further information and registration


Week III a: Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy (Wind and Photovoltaics)

Date: From 04.09.2017 to 08.09.2017
  • Engineers working for grid planners
  • Grid operators and regulators
  • Energy service company personnel,
  • Persons from energy ministries and other related government institutions,
  • Advisors or consultancies, developers and other grid integration strategist
  • Engineering students who like to specialise on grid integration of renewables

Further information & registration


Week III b: Financing Renewable Energy Projects with Focus on Wind and PV

Date: From 04.09.2017 to 06.09.2017
  • Persons who want to set up a wind or PV project
  • Persons task with evaluating bankability of PV/ wind projects
  • Financing institutions
  • Investors in wind/PV projects
  • Persons tasked with drawing up financial agreements

Further information & registration


Week III c: Small-scale Biogas Plants

Date: From 04.09.2017 to 08.09.2017
  • Persons interested in learning and setting up small scale biogas plants
  • Persons from government bodies and development aid associations
  • Financing institutions
  • Engineers or farmers
  • NGOs


Further information & registration


The price for a week-long course is 1,500 Euro. There is a reduction of 100 Euro off the initial price of a week upon registration for two weeks. Should the full summer course of three weeks be booked there will be a reduction on 200 Euro off the initial price for each week. The prices and condition for additional reduction* are as follows:


One weekTwo weeksThree weeksEarly bird priceCompany price
Registration ConditionA single weeks attendanceTwo weeks attendanceAll three weeks attendance8 weeks before course begins3 or more persons from the same institution
Reduction on the weekly pricenone- 6,7%- 13%- 10%- 10%
Reduction on the weekly pricenone- 100 Euro- 200 Euro- 150 Euro- 150 Euro
Fee /week /person*1,500 Euro1,400 Euro1,300 Euro1,350 Euro1,350 Euro

*A maximum of 15% reduction for a combination of any of the options- early bird price, company and registrations of >1 week. All prices include 19% VAT, course material, lunch and coffee breaks, welcome event, and field trips.

A voucher code is generated with each registration. Use this code with subsequent registration to benefit from additional reduction.

Language and location

Language: English

Location: Berlin, Germany

Seminar materials

Participants of these seminars will receive all presentations as a print out as well as information on further reading


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GESS 2017 Flyer

Click here to download the flyer for this year's GESS.


“The best thing about this course is that RENAC connects theoretical education with practice for participants from different countries and with different experiences. This is praiseworthy and memorable” GESS Bioenergy participant, 2015.

“A big thank you to the RENAC staff for all the effort to make this training a success. It was a good and exciting week of study.” Overview of Renewable Energy Technologies participant, 2014.

“I would like to thank all instructors and organiser for this useful event.” Grid-connected and Off-grid Photovoltaics participant, 2014.

“It was a well prepared course. I enjoyed all of it. I have really learnt a lot.” Overview of Energy Efficiency in Industry and Buildings participant, 2014.


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.

List hotels /hostels situated close to the Renewables Academy and their prices range 


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.

Terms and conditions

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