Renewable Energy Introduction Course





Introduction


There are no more doubts that renewable energies will have a bright future and that most, if not all, of our future consumption will be covered by renewable energy sources: even the more sceptical people will have to surrender to the benefits that renewable energy bring to the society, both in economic -onshore wind is currently the cheapest form of electricity production in Denmark- and social terms. Some countries understood this long time ago and became pioneers of renewables: the same countries are now benefiting of this vision by having a flourishing industry in the chosen technologies, which ensures workplaces, prosperity and welfare.

There is, nevertheless, a massive need of education, which should be carried out in an independent and honest way, so that people is made aware that yes, there are still some limitations to a 100% renewable energy society, but also that these barriers are not as big as one might think. In Nordic Folkecenter we are aware of the importance of education, having been providing information and training on renewable energy since 1983.

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The purpose of this course is to provide participants with a basic knowledge of renewable energy, which would help them in further understanding and researching the topic. The program is structured so that the knowledge is transferred taking in consideration the practical aspects of the single topics as well. The instructors are all experienced people in the renewable energy field.

The course, which lasts one week, will cover the essentials of wind, solar and wave energy, carrying the participants also through other related topics, like the history of renewable energy development, district heating, grid balancing, efficient buildings and policy-making aspects. The material will be presented in a clear and understandable format, so that no previous knowledge is expected.

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Overall Program


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Syllabus


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The full program can be downloaded here (PDF reader required).


The development of renewable energies and the role of cooperatives

  • Energy crisis and its impact on wind energy development
  • Cooperatives as a tool for democratic and accepted energy development
  • The power of energy cooperatives: the largest wind turbine is built

Renewable Energy Policy

  • History of Danish energy policies with focus on success factors
  • Analysis of current energy policies and future challenges
  • What role should citizens, consumers and communities play in the energy policies?

Wind Energy

  • Wind: its origins and its potential
  • Wind turbine: from agriculture to energy production
  • Basic wind theory
  • Arguments against wind turbines: what is a prejudice and what should be considered?
  • Economics behind a wind project: is it profitable?
  • Environmental impact and end-of-life considerations: what happens when a wind turbine is taken down?
  • Hands-on experience: identify the main components of the Folkecenter’s small wind turbine

Wave Energy

  • The history behind wave energy
  • What is wave energy? The difference between wave and tidal energy
  • Once Denmark was the leading country in the branch: what happened?
  • Wave energy worldwide
  • Wave energy is difficult, so why even do the effort?
  • Different solutions of converters
  • Efficiency of the converters
  • When will we see it in big scale?

Photovoltaics

  • Introduction to solar energy and photovoltaic (PV) technology
  • Basic PV theory
  • Mounting systems: secure the PVs for a long-lasting life
  • On- and off-grid installations: pros and cons
  • Everything has an end: lifetime and recycling of PV
  • Hands on experience: learn how to work with a PV installation with Folkecenter’s training platform

Solar Thermal

  • What is solar thermal? History and physics behind the technology
  • Composition of a solar thermal system
  • Types of solar thermal technologies
  • How to plan a solar thermal installation
  • Current and future applications for solar thermal technology
  • Economics & Environmental impact
  • Hands-on experience: solar thermal in practice

Energy Savings in Buildings

  • Introduction to building’s energy framework
  • Building and context
  • Principles of energy efficient design
  • Energy efficiency for active systems
  • Energy supply and renewable energy integration
  • Examples

The Electricity Grid

  • Types of grids: power for every application
  • One-way grid: an historical infrastructure and the need for a grid
  • Renewable energy: a challenge and an opportunity for grid operators
  • Parameters to consider when establishing and maintaining a grid
  • How can we store energy? Is it necessary at all?
  • Future trends: mini-grids, smart-grids and smart areas
  • Necessary legislation for grid operators

District Heating

  • What is District Heating
  • Danish situation
  • Let’s talk about numbers (Denmark vs. the rest of the world)
  • District Heating set up
  • District Heating combined with Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • District Heating/CHP network in Copenhagen
  • Transmission and distribution of heat
  • Environmental Impact


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Important Dates


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Online


Although we highly reccomend to join the in-person session, we can understand that it might create some problems for people coming from abroad. For this reason, we have decided to offer also the possiblity of joining online, through a webinar session. Participants should be aware that this choice will mean that they will not be able to join the guided tour through Folkecenter's facilities and that the instructors will be able to provide only partial support: it will, of course, be possible to ask questions, but prioriry will be given to in-person students.

We are aware that these limitations will reduce the student experience of the course, and to balance that we have decided to provide an additional 10% discount for the participants joining online.


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Enrollment Fee


The purpose of the course is to form people on renewable energies, no matter what background do they come from; for this reason, the enrolment fee is designed to be as affordable as possible. We strongly support the participation of young and senior people, but also we want to encourage the presence of women in the renewable energy field and we want to do that by making the programme more accessible to these categories of people. The table below summarizes the different enrolment fees.

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Participants joining the January 2019 session will get an additional discount of 10% on their enrolment fee:

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Please, note that in case the minimum number of students is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the course fee will be refunded to the participants. Please, note that Folkecenter will not refund any other expense the participant has undergone through (e.g. transportation, accommodation, etc.).

In case of cancellation, participants will be informed no later than 15 days before the course starts.


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Are you a Woman?


There are too few women in the renewable energy technical field! As Folkecenter, we would like to do our part to increase their participation in the industry and we want to do so by providing them with an additional discount on our educational programs. Please, visit the Enrollment fee section to find out how to save up to 60%.


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Payment Options


It is also possible to pay the course fee in instalments: for the first edition a two- and a three-month plan are available, while for the following ones participants have the option of dividing the amount in three-, six- or nine-month plans, based on their availability.

The following tables represent the financing plans available:


January 2019 Edition

Two-months Plan:

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Three-months Plan:

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August 2019 Edition

Three-months Plan:

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Six-months Plan:

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Nine-months Plan:

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Give it as a Gift!


Do you know someone who could be interested in our course? Surprise her/him by purchasing a course voucher! The beneficiary will have the chance to choose whether to join the January or August edition. Please, note that we will need a notification on which edition was chosen before January 12, 2019. For further information, please visit our FAQ section.

Voucher


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Registration & Cancellation


Registration to the course must be done here and the deadline for it is January 12, 2019 for the first edition and July 15 for the second edition. Please, note that there is a maximum number of participants, so it is highly recommended not to wait un-necessary time before registering.

In case the minimum participant number is not reached, the course will be cancelled. Participants will be notified latest 15 days before the first day of classes and the full course fee will be refunded. Please, note that Folkecenter will not refund any other expense the participant has undergone through (e.g. transportation, accommodation, etc.).

Participants can cancel their registration by writing a mail to Daniele Pagani, dp@folkecenter.dk. Please, note that the following policies apply:

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Meet the Instructors


Jane Kruse

Jane Kruse

Director of Folkecenter since 2013, she has 30 years of experience in renewable energy. In the second half of 1980s she started a wind cooperative with more than 40 local families involved in it. Since 1993 she was the Head of Information and Training Programs in Folkecenter and she has been the project leader for several renewable energy projects, both in the Global North and the Global South.

Leire Gorroño Albizu

Leire Gorroño Albizu

She holds a B.Eng. in Industrial Organization from Mondragon University, Spain, and a MSc. in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management from Aalborg University, Denmark. Her main field of interest is social aspects of renewable energy. She is specialized in community power, local development and local acceptance. She is taking a PhD on ownership models for smart energy systems at Aalborg University.


Tonny Brink

Tonny Brink

Educated as a Marine Engineer, he is Folkecenter’s CTO. He has got 35 years of experience in the international wind industry, working for Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Folkecenter. This has provided him with broad knowledge in service and maintenance site management and construction and operational project management. Hold positions and responsibilities: Travel Technician, Site Manager, Logistics Coordination, Area Service Manager, Technical Support Dept., People Manager, Technical After Sales/Customer Reporting, WTG Performance and Diagnostic analysis, Communication, Planning, Controlling, Technology Transfer, Project Management and Execution Leader.

Christian Nereus Grant

Christian Nereus Grant

He has an education as technical designer and have been working for long time in the wave energy field. He has been site manager for the Wavestar platform in Hanstholm and worked also for Dexawave, after which he founded OctoMar Aps, a consulting company working with wave installations. At the moment, he collaborates with different wave projects (Nemos, Reesen Weves and Wavepiston) and is president of the Wave Energy Association and board member of the Partnership for Wave Power. With a daily work at DanWEC as a site manager, he has a unique position in understanding the challenges wave developers are in.


Anker Mardal

Anker Mardal

Educated as an electro-mechanic, Anker Mardal has worked for most of his career in the electrical and electronical sectors. After a practical placement in Bang & Olufsen, a well know Danish company producing entertainment appliances, he was involved in the development of short-wave radio devices. Next, he designed electronic circuits and worked on the development of solar panels for Jysk Solenergi. He collaborates with THY WindPower, a local company producing small wind turbines and with Folkecenter, where he is responsible for education on solar energy. He has also invented the Sun Generator, a device which converts the DC solar energy in to AC current, without the need of a battery or of an inverter.

Daniele Pagani

Daniele Pagani

He holds a B.Eng. in Global Business Engineering and a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from VIA University College, Denmark, where he provided support teaching for younger students in various subjects. His main research interests are related to sustainable mobility and applications of hydrogen in the industrial and agricultural sector. Currently pursuing a MSc. in Engineering - Technology-Based Business Development from Aarhus University, he is also the responsible for education in Folkecenter.


Laia-tuixent Morgo Monne

Laia-tuixent Morgo Monne

Graduated in “Sciences and Building Technology” at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona Building (EPSEB) with diploma in "Computer tools for energy design and performance evaluation” at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB). Former trainee of the Nordic Folkecenter (FC) for 6-month project research in optimization of Passive Houses. Several years of work experience in the building sector and from 2016 specialized in energy efficiency of buildings, completing a master's degree in "Building Energy Design" at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Peter Melgaard

Peter Melgaard

He has over 25 years of experience in power grids and was the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the local distribution grid company Thy-Mors Energi for 10 years. Currently he collaborates with Folkecenter for the improvement of mini-grids in Africa and other developing countries.


Ioannis Skondriakos

Ioannis Skondriakos

He holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. He has worked in projects in different fields related to Renewable Energy, some of which were developed under the auspices of Nordic Folkecenter in Denmark. As part of his experience, he has also assisted a company in the test of a vertical-axis wind turbine prototype. Currently, he is a second year MSc student in Sustainable Energy at the Danish Technical University (DTU), where he has also provided support teaching for younger students.

 

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FAQ


The course is for anyone who has an interest in knowing more about renewable energy
There are no specific prerequisites. Please, consider that since the course is taught in English, a sufficient level of the language is expected.
There are two sessions currently planned: the winter editions will run between Monday 28 January and Friday 01 February 2019, the summer edition will take place between Monday 5 and Friday 9 August 2019.
Yes, all participants will be awarded with a certificate proofing the accomplishment of the course. Please, note that in case of online participation, documents for verification will be required.
Yes, registration can be cancelled and a refund will be provided based on the policies explained in the Registration and Cancellation section.
Yes, registration can be changed free of charge as long as it matches the deadlines explained in the Registration and Cancellation section.
Yes, you just need to start the enrollment process and then specify it is for another person. Please, note that the price differences still apply (e.g. student and women discounts). We do not require you to provide us with documentation supporting the discounts, but the beneficiary should contact us with the relevant proofs.
Depends on which option do you select (online or in person), whether it is the first edition or the following ones and which group do you belong to. For more info, please see the Enrollment Fee section.
Yes, we offer two- to nine-months plans. Please, see the Payment Options section
Vouchers have validity up to the 31 december 2019. However, we require the beneficiary to inform us before the 12 January 2019 if she/he is not planning to join the January session.
Board and lodging (besides lunches) are not included. A (non-exhaustive) list of accommodations nearby Folkecenter can be found here. Folkecenter might also have some accommodation available, so you are welcome to enquire it when registering. Please, note that students will have the precedence.

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Enroll


For any additional question related to the course, please contact Mr. Daniele Pagani, dp@folkecenter.dk.



To enroll in the program click here.


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Competition: Win a Free Participation


There is also a chance for one person to get the course for free! All what you need is a Facebook account, a camera and some creativity!

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To participate in the contest you need to:

  • Like our Facebook page (Nordisk Folkecenter)
  • Send us a picture with you next to a renewable energy installation: it does not necessarily needs to be a real one! It can also be a drawing, a scupture or any artifact you made or found around which represents some renewable energy technology. Be creative! The more funny and/or catchy the picture is, the better the chances to win! Examples of renewable installations could be wind turbines, solar pannels, electric cars, efficient buildings, biofuels installations, etc. Please, remember decency when taking the picture (no nudity or other controversial themes) and please remember that nuclear installations ARE NOT renewable energy!
    The picture should be sent by 20 December 2018, h.23.59 CET to info@folkecenter.dkwith the subject: "REIC Photo Competition". All pictures sent after that will not be considered.
  • Received pictures will then be uploaded on our Facebook page, where people will have the chance to vote them. The picture that gets most likes by the 10 January 2019, h. 23.59 CET wins.

Please, review the terms and coditions before participating.





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