Renewable Energy Online (REO) – new name and new ideas

The establishment of the new blended learning M.Sc. programme "Master online Renewable Energy" (MoRE) with the aim of starting it in winter term 2017/18 has been prepared according to the guidelines of the University of Oldenburg. After intensive internal communication processes with all responsible entities in the university, it has been decided to postpone the start of the course for at least two years. The remaining time until the start of the M.Sc. programme will be used to test the concept, the market and the business model with certificate programmes. The certificates will be offered under the umbrella of our new name "Renewable Energy Online" (REO). If you would like to receive regular information about REO you may register for our mailing list. For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at reqmo@uol.tslde.

Currently, we are focusing on the planning and development of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) "Renewable Energy - Off-Grid Electrification", for detailed information please visit our new website. The total workload will be about 360 hours (equivalent to 12 ECTS), offered as an exclusively online course. The certificate programme will start in April 2017 with its first course "Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems" (6 ECTS). The course covers the physical and technical fundamentals of photovoltaic systems, an introduction to solar resource assessment as well as the basics of modelling and simulation. Additionally, participants will learn how to approach social, financial, environmental and management aspects of Renewable Energy projects. In the second part of the certificate, students work on a real-life electrification project either individually or in small groups. They choose a particular area of their personal interest, for example designing and modelling a mini-grid or investigating the impact of the project on gender and migration. Currently, we discuss with various international partners the integration of their current projects in this certificate concept.

Two further online certificates will be offered by our partner institutions ForWind and NEXT ENERGY, starting in April 2017. ForWind's certificate programme "Advanced Wind Energy" (AWE) addresses engineers and physicists who aim at specialising in wind energy or wish to change into the wind energy sector. The certificate consists of the two courses "Wind Energy Utilisation" and "Computational Fluid Dynamics" with a total workload of about 180 hours (6 ECTS). "Wind Energy Utilisation" is intended as introduction into physics and engineering of wind energy utilisation and builds up the basic knowledge about wind energy. Social, historical and political aspects of wind energy are addressed as well. The course provides a deeper understanding of physical effects, methods, calculations and parameters in the field of wind energy utilisation, wind physics and wind energy science. "Computational Fluid Dynamics" (CFD) aims to build up skills in numerical simulation of fluid flows. Participants acquire a deeper understanding of the fundamental equations of fluid dynamics and get an overview of numerical methods for the solution of the fundamental equations of fluid dynamics. Students become acquainted with different, widely used CFD models that are used to study complex problems in fluid dynamics. They gain the ability to apply these CFD models to certain defined problems and to critically evaluate the results of numerical models. Click here to read more.

NEXT ENERGY research centre is developing an interdisciplinary Certificate of Advanced Studies "Distributed Electrical Energy Storage" (DEES). It prepares participants for their professional tasks related to electrical energy storage, which will be of particular significance for integrating renewable energy in the electric grid. The continuing education course is aimed at science and engineering graduates as well as experienced professionals with a background in electrical engineering, electrochemistry, energy trading and renewable energy looking for further specialist training in the field of electrical storage systems and renewable energy. Participants study fundamentals of storage technologies and batteries, are introduced to battery management and grid integration and train practice in scaling a storage system. For further information please visit the website.

As a first step for the preparations of the first fee-based operation starting in April 2017 we developed a questionnaire for a target group analysis. A total number of 29 questions on individual circumstances, educational background, employment as well as on the individual interest in continuing education concerning the format, content, length and cost were posed to four different target groups. These include candidates, students and alumni of our M.Sc. programmes (Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy - PPRE, European Master of Renewable Energy - EUREC), people who contacted the email address of the Renewable Energy Online programme, and contacts from the network of the project "International Doctorates in Germany - for all" (IPID4all). In total, about 3000 people were contacted and almost 400 people responded to the questionnaire, amongst them 60 PPRE and EUREC alumni. The results show a high interest in a face-to-face M.Sc. programme such as PPRE and EUREC but also a comparably high number of persons, prefers a blended learning M.Sc. and a blended learning CAS.

Thanks to all participants of our survey. The results will help improving our concepts for the continuing educational programmes and will help developing study courses which meet the interests of the target group.

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