Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development

 

UPCOMING SESSIONS IN 2017

6 September - 1 November

 

 

 

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Description


Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is not possible without energy, and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This on-line programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development in developing countries. It will present the case on how renewable energies represent at the same time an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity.

The programme supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers, energy/sustainable development officers and other personnel to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries, communities, villages or neighbourhoods.

Through a discussion of key benefits and suitability for a range of applications, together with extensive case studies, the programme aims to provide an overview of clean, secure and sustainable technology options for the development and offer insights into the management of renewable energy projects, from small scale, through to major projects.

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Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is not possible without energy, and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development in developing countries. It will present the case on how renewable energies represent at the same time an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity.

The programme supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers, energy/sustainable development officers and other personnel to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries, communities, villages or neighbourhoods.

Through a discussion of key benefits and suitability for a range of applications, together with extensive case studies, the programme aims to provide an overview of clean, secure and sustainable technology options for the development and offer insights into the management of renewable energy projects, from small scale, through to major projects.

- See more at: http://cifalscotland.org/index.php/programmes/61-forthcoming-programmes/231-cifal-online-courses#sthash.qO8SDLP3.dpuf

This course offered by UNITAR, Strathclyde University and Gaia Education aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers, energy/sustainable development officers to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries, communities, villages or neighbourhoods. It provides an overview of clean, secure and sustainable technology options and offers insights into the management of renewable energy projects, from small scale, through to major projects.

 

Course Objective


This course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision makers, energy/sustainable development officers and other personnel to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technologies will meet their own needs or the needs of their countries, communities, villages or neighbourhoods. It provides an overview of clean, secure and sustainable technology options and offers insights into the management of renewable energy projects, from small scale, through to major projects. 

 

Content


Module 1 The Role of Energy in Society: A Global Perspective

The importance of energy to society and to achieving development goals. We will discuss some of the ways in which energy underpins health, food production, education and economic growth. We will then go on to explore some global issues affecting access to and use of energy, including climate change, resource scarcity and increasing demand, all of which are of critical importance to developing countries. Finally, we define what we mean by sustainable energy and describe a set of principles on which a sustainable energy future could be built.

Module 2 Selecting a Sustainable Energy Solution
Detailed introduction to what we mean by sustainable energy solutions and some of the key technologies that are relevant on the demand side and the supply side. You will be presented with a step-by-step methodology for selecting the most suitable sustainable energy solution for a given situation, encompassing resource mapping, geographical assessment, infrastructure audit and application market maturity.

Module 3 Elements of a Sustainable Energy Solution
Description of the main elements that comprise a renewable energy system including generation, conversion, storage and distribution. The technical considerations and constraints will be discussed and the implications for the use of renewables for different applications explored. The principle the benefits of interconnecting points of production with points of consumption are also discussed and the appropriateness of distributed or off-grid solutions is compared with network-based solutions. Strategies for developing local, regional and national level networks are discussed and the advantages of doing so investigated. Technologies that can be used to enable networks in the often challenging environments found in developing countries are highlighted.

Modules 4 to 7 will follow a similar pattern to one another. Each will provide a basic overview of the principles underlying a particular technology before going on to discuss some of the specific features and considerations that might be relevant in terms of technology selection. It will discuss applications for which the technology might be suited, with reference to the four major axes of development described in Module 1, namely food production, education, health and economic growth. The modules will draw extensively on case studies from developing countries and will make clear reference to the SE4All Sectoral Action Areas.

Module 4 Solar Energy and its Applications
Technologies: solar photovoltaic (PV), concentrating solar and solar thermal.

Module 5 Bioenergy: Health and Environment

Module 6 Wind: Small and Large Technologies
Technologies: small wind, large wind

Module 7 Marine and Hydro Technologies
Technologies: Wave, tidal, small hydro and large hydro

Module 8 The Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Ensuring the Development of Low Carbon Energy Solutions
The range of policy measures that may be adopted by governments in order to encourage investment in energy and to stimulate the transition towards sustainable solutions is discussed in module 8. The potential for combining private enterprise and entrepreneurship with government action in order to achieve energy development goals is investigated and the opportunities for exploiting expertise and competitive advantage in sustainable energy to aid economic growth discussed. In addition, appropriate business models that might be employed and encouraged are discussed making reference to examples already presented in Modules 4 – 7. The role of private sector investment is discussed and the ways in which this might be supplemented by public sector measures outlined. Reference will be made to the Enabling Action Areas identified by SE4All.