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Renewable Energy Specialist (SUS-RES-01)


Course Description

This Renewable Energy Specialist course addresses the main characteristics of the emerging generation of technologies which will be employed to provide energy for the power grid over the next 20 years. This course covers solar energy in its various forms, such as photovoltaic, thermal and thermodynamic energy conversion, taking into account the various issues associated with the connection of these solar plants to the grid.

We will also cover Wind technologies that are today in full development and the section of this course dedicated to wind technology describes the state of the art, taking into consideration the consequences of adding large quantities of this intermittent energy source into power grids, one of which may be wide disturbances. Energy from the sea is also covered in the Renewable Energy Specialist course, with a section on very small hydraulic plants which will become of increasing interest as fossil fuels become more and more expensive.

The course continues with an analysis of geothermal energy along three lines: heat pumps, heat, and electric energy generation. Finally, the Renewable Energy Specialist needs to know about energy from biomass, which is also becoming of great interest due to the high cost of fossil fuels. In this section we cover a wide-ranging description of biofuels and biogas and we give special focus to sources of energy from word, as a substitute for gas or oil energy heating. This Renewable Energy Specialist course is a must for anyone interested in moving into the field of green energy.

After completing this course, you should be able to:
• Define the core elements of photovoltaic systems and solar energy
• Identify features of wind system energy
• Comprehend energy systems based on water and geothermal production
• Define main features of biofuels and bio-gas
• Comprehend the process of energy production from burning wood


Renewable Energy Specialist Module 1
Photovoltaic & Solar Energy
• Photovoltaic Electricity Production
• Photovoltaic Conversion
• Cells with a Crystalline Silicon Base
• Cells in Thin Films
• Photovoltaic Market
• Photovoltaic Systems Connected to the Grid
• Problems of Photovoltaic Power Generation
• Physical Architectures
• Constraints Related to Supplying Energy
• Algorithmic Architectures
• Solar Heating
• Flat Solar Panels
• Solar Heating Systems
• Solar Thermodynamic Power Stations
• Concentrating Solar Power Technologies
Renewable Energy Specialist Module 2
Wind System Technology
• Wind Power Today
• Description of a Wind Generator
• Operation of a Wind Turbine
• Controls of Energy Conversion
• Fixed & Variable Speed Systems
• Connection to the Grid
• Voltage at the Point of Connection
• Stability & Protection Design
• Auxiliary Systems
• Possible Connection Problems
• Comparison of Technologies
Renewable Energy Specialist Module 3
Marine Energy, Hydropower & Geothermal
• Electricity Productivity from Marine Resources
• Energy Sources from the Sea
• Ocean Wave Generator Systems
• Tidal Energy Converters (TEC)
• Ocean Thermal Energy Converter (OTEC)
• Small Hydropower
• Hydraulic Energy
• Exploitation of Hydraulic Force
• Research & Development in Small Hydropower
• Geothermal Energy Production
• Geothermal Heat Pump Systems
• Direct Production of Heat
• Electricity Production
Renewable Energy Specialist Module 4
Biofuels, Biogas & Wood
• Biofuels in the Energy Environment
• Current Biofuel Systems
• Future Biofuel Systems
• The Use of Lignocellulose
• The Bioethanol System
• Biogas: The Renewable Natural Gas
• Naturally Occurring Biogas
• History of Anaerobic Digestion
• Biogas Units
• Uses of Biogas
• Energy Production from Wood
• Overview of Wood Fuels
• Converting Wood into Energy
• Generators of Thermal Energy from Wood


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to gain employment in the field of Renewable Energy or wishing to enhance their skills in the field.


Upon successful completion of our Renewable Energy Specialist course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES).




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


Internet Access
• Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
• Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

• Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
• Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
• 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
• Operating Systems
-Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
• Web Browsers
-Google Chrome is highly recommended
-Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

• Renewable Energy Technologies by Jean-Claude Sabonnadiere

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