About the E-Learning Scholarship Programme
As India reaffirms its commitment to the targets set in its National Solar Mission, distribution companies (DISCOMs) play an increasingly crucial role in the achievement of these targets. Based on the evaluation of a series of DISCOM management workshops held within the TROPHI programme in 2018/19 an e-learning Scholarship Programme has been created that will allow successful applicants to deepen their knowledge on PV systems and grid-integration of wind and PV power systems into “their” distribution grids. Starting to become PV planning and especially grid-integration experts will prepare successful scholars for future job profiles needed in all Indian DISCOMs.
|Application deadline||Start of online training||Exam|
(no later than)
(no later than)
|13 December, 2019||13 January, 2020||27 May, 2020||04 June, 2020||Apply here|
The e-learning Scholarship Programme is designed such that learners can study at their own pace and availability. Each course module will require participants to commit an estimated 10 to 40 hours learning time depending on background knowledge and experience of participants. These hours include working through the material such as reading, watching video lectures, doing self-assessment tests, participating in the forum, and submitting short assignments. In total, the training comprises approx. 200 hours of learning time.
|Course module overview||Estimated work load|
|Introductory course modules||total: ~30 hours|
|Introduction to electricity||10h|
|Introduction to grids||10h|
|Introduction to solar resource||10h|
|Main course modules||total: ~170 hours|
|Planning of large-scale PV grid-connected systems||30h|
|Grid integration of variable renewable energy (vRE)||20h|
|Energy storage as a flexibility option||40h|
|Battery energy storage systems for grid ancillary services||20h|
|Protection systems for rooftop and ground mounted PV power generation in low and medium voltage networks||20h|
|Estimated work load to complete online training||~200 hours|
The online training will be available at RENAC’s e-learning platform www.renewables-online.de. Participants have 24/7 access to the platform. They can print out a copy of the course materials in the form of PDF documents (for personal use only). Course materials are in English.
Target Group & Scholarship Details
The TROPHI e-learning Scholarship Programme is open for applications of DISCOM engineers seeking to acquire a solid knowledge base on solar PV project planning and distribution grid-integration of variable renewable energies (vRE) such as wind and PV power. Successful scholars will receive the certification: “PV Planning and vRE Grid-Integration Specialist”.
Within the TROPHI e-learning Scholarship Programme a total of 20 scholarships are available for applicants who have successfully passed the application process. Interested candidates submit their online application before the application deadline. Applications which are submitted after this date cannot be considered.
Examination & Certification
To receive the certificate “PV Planning and vRE Grid-Integration Specialist” scholars must successfully pass an online exam at the end of the online training. The exam lasts 90 minutes and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions.
People pass successfully with a minimum of 70% correct answers. People who have not passed can take a re-exam. The online trainings have two short assignments (one on PV another one on grid integration). People who solve both assignments can pass the exam and the re-exam with a minimum of 65% correct answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why study online?
- Flexibility to study at any time and from any location
- Extensive support via forum for questions and answers
- Multimedia learning material and self-evaluation tests
- Live virtual classrooms
- RENAC certificate upon successful finalisation of the training
Which features does the RENAC online platform offer?
- Interactive learning platform
- Cross-browser and mobile-compatible
- Stream and download videos (online training participants can download course texts (PDF files) and videos for offline use).
- Self-tests and online exams
- Forum for participants
- Lecturers will present in English
- Integrated glossary and feedback questionnaires
- Course material will be provided in English
- All self-study online training material will be accessible at any time during the study phase.
How to obtain the certificate “Integration of photovoltaics into distribution networks Specialist”?
To receive the certificate “Integration of photovoltaics into distribution networks Specialist”, participants must successfully pass an online exam at the end of the online training. The exam lasts 90 minutes and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions.
People pass successfully if they have 70% correct answers. People who have not passed can take a reexam. The online trainings have two short assignments (one on PV another one on grid integration). People who solve both assignments can pass the exam and the reexam with 65% correct answers.
The questions of the exam/reexam refer to the "main courses":
- Photovoltaic applications (course 550)
- Photovoltaic technology (course 560)
- Planning of large-scale PV grid-connected systems (course 830)
- Grid integration of variable renewable energy (vRE) (720)
- Energy storage as a flexibility option (710)
- Battery energy storage systems for grid ancillary services (course 725)
- Protection systems for rooftop and ground mounted PV power generation in low and medium voltage networks (course 724)
Impressions of the RENAC seminars
The training facility and the material were excellent. Overall, the training experience was enriching. We, as a discom, are gearing up to integrate at least 20% renewable power (capacity basis) in the next 2 years. This training shall help plan smooth integration and also the need for balancing power.
Abhishek Ranjan, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, India, DISCOM Study Tour July 2017
The seminar transfers critical knowledge of renewable energy technologies and practical solutions to energy management problems in my country.
Kitisak Nokyou, Thailand, P3-Berlin "Renewable Energy & Grid Integration / Energy Transition", 2015
I became aware how the VRE can fit into the grid with flexible conventional power plant.
Rudi Irawan, Indonesia, P3-ManGrid-IDN "Management Aspects of Renewable Energy Grid Integration", 2015