Renewable Energy: Essential Understanding for Development and Investment

This programme will enable you to master the fundamentals of the science and technology of renewables in accessible terms to understand the risks and rewards for your business.

Attend this highly interactive course to:

  • Understand the differences between renewable and conventional sources of energy
  • Review our needs of energy for electricity, heat, transportation, cooling, manufacture, communications and comfort
  • Consider the wide range of current renewable supplies and developments
  • Appreciate the growth of world applications and trade in renewables
  • Know the key players in development and trade
  • Recognise and assess local needs and opportunities
  • Be aware of international-scale and national-scale policies to support renewable energy applications and products.
  • Participate in group discussion and exercises to broaden your awareness of industry challenges from other attendees
  • Gain confidence in knowing what is what and where for renewables

What is the programme about?

Applications of renewable energy (solar, biomass, wind etc) are increasing faster than of fossil fuels and nuclear power.  Why is this? Which are appropriate? What are the limits? How can enterprise join in? Should we invest in renewables?

This two-day course presents the fundamentals of the science and technology of renewables in basic terms, and reviews many applications and commercial products.
We start with our environment, where renewable energy flows naturally and repeatedly from the Sun and the Earth.  Scientific and technological applications capture useful energy from these flows and channel them for fuels, electricity, heat and cooling.  These renewable supplies of energy are as sustainable as the Sun; they exist forever. 
We then consider particular renewable energy technologies, emphasising those with significant new manufacture and implementation worldwide.  These include wind turbines, solar photovoltaics, biofuels, energy-conscious buildings and transportation. Each location has particular opportunities from its local resources for local needs; we learn how to assess these utilising commercial technology already in the market place.
  • Managers in business and utility services
  • Regulators of standards, goods and trade
  • Officials in national and local government
  • Architects and Builders in domestic and business design
  • Legal and administrative consultants
  • Lecturers in energy supply and trade
  • Writers in trade and general publications


Why we need energy
  • Energy sources
  • Manufacture and trade
  • Infrastructure
  • Education and healthcare
Our energy supplies, their impact and efficient use
  • Quantified assessment of energy supplies and emissions in the world economy. 
  • Energy risks and security.
  • The importance of energy efficiency
What is renewable energy? 
  • Identification and quantification, types and terminology
  • The ‘big three’ (solar, biomass, wind)
  • The specials’ (particular biofuels, hydro, geothermal, ocean gradient, wave, tidal, ground sourced, wastes)
  • Intensities and variations
Where, for what and how?
  • Geographical opportunities
  • Variation by location and by time
  • Particular needs as supplied by electricity, heating, cooling, fuels etc.
  • Case studies: buildings, vehicles, grid electricity integration, microgeneration
World view of renewables
  • Overall statistics of installed capacities
  • Growth rates
Quantifying the supply
  • Meteorological data
  • Solar terminology
The technologies
  • Solar water heating,
  • Selective surfaces
  • Electricity from photovoltaics (PV)
  • Electricity from concentrated solar power (CSP)
  • Solar energy-conscious buildings
  • Importance of glass and other materials
Practical case study
Global specific examples are reviewed through a group exercise


Wind turbines
  • How they work and the power expected
  • Where applicable onshore and offshore
Renewables electricity supply variation (especially from solar and wind
  • Integration into a dispersed grid
  • Variability and limits to integration
  • Importance of efficiency of use and of smart technology
Ocean energy outline
  • Tidal range and current, wave, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC)
  • Osmotic power
Biomass and biofuels
  • Categories and sources
  • Link with wastes
  • Combustion, pyrolysis, gasification, anaerobic digestion, fermentation etc
Energy policy and market incentives for renewables 
  • Global, national and local motivation
  • Security of supply
  • Sustainability
  • Grants, taxation relief, feed-in-tariffs, obligations, education, motivation
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This course is only available as a custom course tailored for your business, contact us to discuss your requirements.