Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies
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
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In summer, RENAC also offers an in-person introductory course to Renewable Energy Technologies conducted in August. More information:
GESS I: Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies, GESS II: Management and Economics of Photovoltaic Projects, and GESS III: Wind Turbine Technology.
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.
- 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.
Duration: 5 days, from 9:00 - 17:00 each day
Start Date: 24 April 2023
End Date: 28 April 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
Early Bird Price: €1,350 available until: 26 February 2023
Dr. Emilienne Tingwey
Project Director In-person Trainings
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 52
*incl 19 % of German VAT
- 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 Face-to-face Trainings
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 52
Emilienne Tingwey 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). After managing various tailor-made courses offered by RENAC and carrying out solar training exercises, she is presently the project director of all face-to face training programmes at RENAC. She is head of the Green Energy Summer School, an annual study event offered by RENAC.
Emilienne is a certified TüV trainer and trains people on how to carry out renewable energy training seminars and helps others to develop training programmes in renewable energy.Additionally, she is really keen to empower women and youth in the RE sector through training. With RENAC she carried out the APEC project ‘Empowering women as managers of the Renewable Energy‘ on behalf of the United States Department of Energy. Through training and mentoring, the project helped to increase the contribution of women to RE development in APEC economies. She was also in charge of a GIZ sponsored project in Cameroon: Transfer of renewable energy knowledge through the usage of solar photovoltaic to provide energy (electricity) to a local health centre: an off-grid system was installed in a local health centre and thereby training some youth in the community.
Emilienne Tingwey holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and a Masters in Environmental and Resource Management from the Brandenburg Technical University (BTU) in Cottbus (April 2009). Born in Cameroon, Dr. Emilienne Tingwey grew up and studied in Cameroon right up to her bachelor’s degree before moving to Germany. She speaks fluent English, French, Pidgin, Moghamo and German.
Albrecht Tiedemann is a director at the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG since 2009. He manages the CapREG Program “Capacity Development on Renewable Energy and Grid Integration” for Professionals from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Peru and Ecuador working in the public and private energy sector. He is responsible for Blended e-Learning seminars (renewable energy and grid integration) and works as a trainer for wind energy (resource assessment, technology, hybrid wind/PV micro grids and wind farm economics) and for grid integration of renewables (balancing power and capacity credit calculation, short term power forecast for wind and solar). Mr Tiedemann moderates and chairs panel discussions, workshops, seminars and conferences.
From 2003 to 2009 he was Project Director at the German Energy Agency (dena) GmbH and there he worked as a Consultant for the German Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the European Commission and enterprises in the energy sector. Furthermore, he was the Chairman of Offshore Wind Standing Committee of the Federal government and the coastal Länder as well of the Forum Offshore Wind Energy and Nature Conservation. Mr. Tiedemann has been executively involved in the integration of renewable energies into the German energy supply system and in conducting strategic analysis for the German energy sector (German grid-study I and II until 2020 and 2030).
From 1989 to 2003 he worked as scientific assistant for the Federal Environmental Agency of Germany where he was responsible for developing environmental friendly technologies.
He holds a degree as “Engineer of Environmental Protection Technology” from the Technical University Berlin.
Currently Frank runs a range of courses for people who are getting involved in the renewable energy industry and more specialised courses for solar electricity.
Frank Jackson is an expert solar photovoltaic trainer and has been involved in the solar energy industry since the early 1990s, running courses and seminars, designing and installing systems, and more recently active in publishing. He has worked in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia. Besides training activities, he has also designed and installed numerous photovoltaic systems (both off-grid and grid-tied).
Frank Jackson studied 1992 Photovoltaics and Development at the University of East London, and Electrical Installation Competences at the City & Guilds London Institute, London & Wales.
Jens Brand has been working at RENAC since March 2021. As project director of the Solar and Energy Efficiency department, he develops photovoltaics off-grid curricula and seminar training material for practitioners, trainers, and other experts in the sector.
Before joining RENAC, Jens worked at hardware manufacturing facilities, including SMD production, and designed solar home systems for markets in Africa. He brings extensive practice-based experience in hardware engineering, product design, manufacturing, and technical operations to the RENAC team.
Jens Brand holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in sustainable energy studies. He speaks English, French, and German.
Katie De Albuquerque is head of the Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency Division at RENAC. She works with and supports a team of 10 professionals to manage capacity-building projects, develop training materials, and deliver training courses that cover PV, solar thermal, and energy efficiency topics for target audiences, including installers, engineers, decision-makers, and bankers.
Before joining RENAC, Katie worked as a freelancer on a range of projects. She provided technical assistance during the construction and commissioning phases of commercial PV plants, setting up, renewable energy training centres, and delivering training. Before moving to Berlin, Katie worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, UK, designing, installing, and operating small-scale renewable energy systems. She also provided consultancy services and taught on various master’s degree courses. Before this, she worked as a building services engineer for the engineering company Arup.
Katie received her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Martin Schnauss has worked in the renewable energy sector for more than 30 years. He is a freelance engineer and external consultant for RENAC, developing training materials and conducting seminars and train-the-trainer programmes.
Martin is an expert on solar thermal and PV systems with extensive planning and construction experience. He provides technical support and has expertise in monitoring and research, system optimisation, and computer simulation. He shares his knowledge in several publications, including in magazines, technical literature, and training courses.
Before joining RENAC, he was an engineer at the Technical University of Berlin and several solar engineering companies. As a consultant, he worked for the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) and as a short-term expert for GIZ. Martin regularly gives presentations at national and international conferences and leads seminars on renewable energy technologies with a focus on solar thermal technology.
Martin received his electrical engineering diploma from the Technical University of Berlin.
Volker Jaensch is head of the Bioenergy, Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency Finance Division at RENAC. Since joining RENAC in 2010, Volker has implemented and managed bioenergy, wind energy, and green banking training programmes and projects. He has also been responsible for designing and creating renewable energy training centres, such as at Earth University in Costa Rica.
Before RENAC, Volker was a project manager at Veolia Environment and Gamesa Energia, where he gained ten years of professional experience in project development, due diligence, finance, and implementation of renewable energy projects with a focus on biomass and wind energy. He was also involved in renewable energy policy frameworks at the German Energy Agency (dena). Furthermore, Volker worked in developing and implementing sustainable carbon credit-generating projects (according to the Kyoto Protocol and the Gold Standard) in developing countries.
Volker received his MBA in 2001 from South Bank University London. He also holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Applied Science Gießen.