Renewable Energy: Understanding the Technology, Opportunities and Pitfalls

Get to grips with the resources available and what technology is most appropriate for your application

Attend this three-day intensive course to:

  • Learn the principles of effectively sizing a renewable energy system to avoid unnecessary costs
  • Consider the groundwork required to introduce a renewable energy solution on time
  • Plan an effective business case to ensure investment
  • Understand the technologies and application of potential energy sources to choose the most effective
  • Learn to determine seasonal usage & wastage to ensure cost and power efficiency
  • Review small and large scale operations to learn from successes prevent potential failures
  • Accelerate your existing renewable energy operations with a proven 3-step transition plan to low carbon solutions
  • Learn from our industry expert with over 20 years’ experience of working in both industry and research

What is the programme about?

Renewable energy systems are of increasing prevalence around the world. From orbiting communications satellites to utility-scale power stations serving large cities they have emerged from the laboratory to serve alongside or separate from traditional fossil-powered systems. Renewable energy technologies are now commonly seen operating in industrial and mining settings as carbon offsets, on urban rooftops to reduce home power bills and on the fringe of large metropolitan electricity grids to help manage voltage fluctuations. These technologies utilise solar, wind, wave and tidal sources of energy and apply electronic, mechanical, biological and chemical methods to convert these sources into useful power supplies.
In order to take advantage of the opportunities presented by renewable energy you need to understand what resources are available and what technology is most appropriate for your particular application. What are the basic principles by which you size a renewable energy system and what steps should be taken before their introduction? Over 3 practical modules you will learn this theory as well as become up to date with successful application cases through practical exercises and site visits.
  • Power utility engineers and energy retailer managers
  • Local government engineers
  • Project Managers, Project Engineers
  • Facility managers and designers
  • Commercial and Contract Managers
  • Purchasing and Procurement Managers
  • Project Sponsors and Managers
  • Representatives from financial institutions involved in financing projects in the energy sector
  • Contractors and consultants contributing to energy projects


Welcome and introductions
  • The 3-step plan:
  • behaviour change
  • efficiency improvements
  • implement renewable energy
  • The energy audit
  • Local site visit
Understanding the technology and applications
  • Solar photovoltaics – the rooftop revolution
  • Wind turbines – from remote farms to ocean farms
Hydrogen energy – fuel cells and a whole new green economy
  • Group discussion and exercise
  • Local energy resources
  • Local needs
  • Local solutiona
Practical case study: The energy audit
An energy audit can be conducted to determine what the opportunities, needs and size of an energy efficiency program and renewable energy system could be. From this case you will learn:
  • How to analyse gas & electricity bills
  • Understand business seasonal usage
  • How to perform detailed site surveys and pinpoint all Energy Wastage on site, and recommend energy efficiency solutions required to reduce energy consumption.



Small scale applications
  • Energy efficiency and demand management: Perth Solar City in Western Australia
  • A town in transition to 100% renewable energy: Freiburg, Germany
  • Transition town Denmark, a small town in the south of Western Australia
  • 100% renewable energy island: Samso Island, Denmark (Scandinavia)
  • The Bushlight program in Australia for remote Aboriginal Communities
  • Distributed generation and energy storage: the Smart Grid/Smart City
Large scale applications
  • A city plan: Sustainable Sydney 2030
  • A national plan: The Swiss Energy 2050 Plan
  • The carbon neutral minesite: 100% renewable energy for mining
  • Solar Thermal Australia: the ZCA and AEMO Reports = 100% renewable energy for a nation
Technology and applications
  • Biomass thermal and solar thermal – powering ahead with steam
  • Geothermal – powering up from the earth below – shallow, medium & deep
  • Biochemical systems – extracting new energy from our wastes
Group exercise: local energy resources, local needs, local solutions
Case study: Photovoltaics and energy efficiency for remote indigenous settlements
The widely respected Bushlight project has developed a new energy efficiency program for remote indigenous settlements. By working with residents of Indigenous communities, Bushlight understands the issues they face in accessing and maintaining an affordable and reliable power supply. The Bushlight programs facilitate community engagement and planning, design and commission renewable energy power supply systems, and ensure remote area power supply systems are maintained appropriately. From this case study you will learn how to:
plan, cost, deliver and organise an ongoing maintenance program to ensure sustainability of energy supplies to a series of communities.


System sizing methods
  • How to size a solar power system
  • How to size a wind power system
  • How to size a battery storage system
  • How to size a geothermal heat pump system for airconditioning heating & cooling
Technology and applications
  • Waves – ocean power
  • Tides – coastal power
  • Hydro– river power
Presentations from participants #3: local energy resources, local needs, local solutions
  • The business case
  • Costs and payback periods
  • Take home messages
Case study: The business case for renewable energy
What is the business case for companies to use renewable resources to meet their energy needs? A number of firms are switching to renewable energy to obtain one or more of the following business benefits: Lower or stabilized energy costs; reduced emissions, stronger stakeholder relationships. From this case study you will learn how to take into account the financial benefits of other incentives such as feed-in tariffs (FITs), rebates, peak load reduction, standby generation and storage in order to develop a sound business case for renewables with realistic payback period.
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This course is only available as a custom course tailored for your business, contact us to discuss your requirements.