GESS I: Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies

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Over the past ten years, the various benefits renewable energy (RE) technologies have increasingly captivated the interest of the international community. Understanding the availability and accessibility of renewable energy resources is crucial for the usage of the technologies that harness them. This course takes participants through different renewable energy resources (sun, wind, and water) and focuses on existing commercially viable renewable energy technologies. Their suitability for different situations and in different parts of the world is evaluated. With this course, learners are introduced to different measures for integrating RE electricity sources into the grid. For the first time this year, this course will incorporate an introduction to hydrogen session, focused on hydrogen as an emerging energy technology.


  • Renewable energy status and market development
  • Fundamentals of energy and solar radiation
  • Photovoltaics (Off-grid, grid-tied)
  • Bioenergy- solid biomass, biogas, biofuels
  • Small hydropower
  • Wind energy technology and project development
  • Solar thermal technology
  • Grid integration of renewable energy sources
  • Introduction to hydrogen

For more information about the GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects.

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Training Course Objectives:

  • Provide a comprehensive overview of the main commercially-viable renewable energy technologies and their economic viability in urban and rural settings;
  • give a structured overview of the different renewable energy sources and how they can be harnessed and used for the provision of electricity, heat, and cold provision;
  • present the different RE systems, their components, how they are designed, and how they work;
  • analyse renewable energy markets and latest market trends; and
  • provide a platform for discussion of personal projects with other participants from around the world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how each technology works;
  • assess the appropriateness of each technology for different situations;
  • undertake initial system designs and sizing;
  • recognise the main renewable energy market sectors; and
  • communicate effectively and knowledgably with technology suppliers and customers.

Target Group:

  • Individuals with no previous background in renewable energy topics
  • Individuals who would like to start a career in this field
  • Individuals seeking more information on the suitability of RE technology

Qualification Level:

No pre-requisites

Duration: 5 days, from 9:00 - 17:00 each day

Start Date: 21 August 2023

End Date: 25 August 2023

Structure: 3 days covering theory, 1.5 days of practical hands-on exercises, and half-day site visit

Number of Participants: 15

Course Location: RENAC's Training Centre Berlin, Germany

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of attendance from RENAC

Training Course Language: English

Price: €1,500*

Early Bird Price: €1,350 available until: 21 June 2023


Dr. Emilienne Tingwey

Project Director
Academic Programmes and Professional Training
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 52
Email: tingwey[at]


*incl 19 % of German VAT

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GESS I: Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies
GESS I: Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies
GESS I: Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies
GESS I: Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies
GESS I: Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies


  • Assessment of knowledge acquisition
  • Qualified trainer with extensive industry experience 
  • Theoretical lectures, discussions, and group work
  • State-of-the-art practical training (calculations, hands-on exercises)
  • Use of technology-specific, self-build practical training rigs
  • Informative and engaging site visits or field trips with inspections of power plants and buildings
  • Certificate of attendance from RENAC
  • We offer discounts for our alumni, group bookings, and multiple purchases. Contact us for further details.



Dr. Emilienne Tingwey
Project Director Academic Programmes and Professional Training
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 52
Email: tingwey[at]

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"The professionalism of the trainer and the combination of theory and practice were important in my learning. It was more than a certificate"
Constanza Correa, Colombia, 2022

"I really liked the good organisation and the insight into the different renewable energy systems. "
Irina Santourian, Germany, 2022

"The trip to Feldheim, especially seeing the wind turbines, was my most memorable experience. The village demonstrates how possible it is to be self- sufficient where stakeholders are involved in solving some of the global climate challenges. Would recommend it to anyone working in sustainability"
Susan Nakuti Byakika, South Africa, 2022

"My most memorable experience was the practical training and the field trip to Feldheim. I was able to gain a better understanding of renewable energy technologies. "
Thobeka Mchunu, South Africa, 2022

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