UNU Presents a New Intensive Course on Renewable Energy

United Nations University logo1 February 2014. The energy sector is one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases. The use of renewable energies can significantly reduce GHG emissions while at the same providing interesting economic opportunities. In order to develop the knowledge and skills of postgraduate students in the field of renewable energy, the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for its new intensive four-week course on Renewable Energy, developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia. The course is offered from 2 April 2014 to 25 April 2014.

Solar power is an important renewable energyThis course introduces students in the Asia Pacific Region to provide renewable energy solutions to development needs with sound environmental management practices. It covers a range of issues on the science, technology, economics and policies of renewable energy, including such hard topics as small hydropower, solar, geothermal, bio-, wind, marine, fuel cell and hydrogen energy and soft topics as energy demand and supply, economics, security, and policy. Students also receive practical training with clean energy project analysis software RETScreen and HOMER energy modelling software for hybrid renewable energy systems.

The assessment for this course is based on a research paper, presentations, class participation, and intermediate tests. The course is practically oriented and will be taught by a highly qualified and diverse team of natural and social science scholars. This course is equivalent to a regular 4 credit postgraduate course in Japan.

Target participants of the course

Postgraduate students, researchers, faculty, staff, government officials, and professionals in relevant professions who wish to deepen their knowledge on, and gain practical training in, renewable energy.

Expected outcomes of the course

•    Learning renewable energy (RE) issues in the context of science, technology, economics, policy and society
•    Nurturing the ability to develop RE systems considering sustainable development
•    Developing the ability to relate RE to climate change and other global contemporary issues
•    Understanding the professional ethics of RE;
•    Fostering the ability to function in a multi-disciplinary team that could consist of persons with varying backgrounds of policy, science, engineering, and business.

Additional information

The courses focus on the science, technology, economics and policies on renewable energy. Students who successfully complete the courses will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-ISP.

The course is designed to be worth 4 credits and comprise of 30 hours of teaching time. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-ISP, the final decision will be made by the student’s university.

For more information and to register to the course, click on the following link: http://cecar.unu.edu/climate/courses/renewable-energy