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Renewable Energy Primer (REN01)


    Renewable Energy is abundant and all around us. It is energy storage, distribution and critical resources which limit its use. This forward looking and continually updated course follows the logical flow of ‘Why Renewable Energy’, ‘The Sources of Renewable Energy’, ‘Energy Storage’ and ‘Energy Distribution’. It reveals the scale of the Energy Transition challenge ahead of us with facts rather than cliches, distilling and contrasting all major sources, storage mechanisms and energy distribution issues using standardised metrics.
    The course compares numerous aspects of Renewable Energy with the existing oil/LNG infrastructure and presents an exciting, detailed and fact-packed review of the rapidly evolving and increasingly diverse energy landscape on our planet today. The course highlights the typical technological, financial, and social choke points that stymie renewable energy implementation in the developed and developing world. Projects successes and failures are reviewed in technical, financial, and social terms, showing ways to circumvent past failure and highlight technologies set to break through choke points.

    Course Level: Awareness / Foundation
    Duration: 3 days
    Instructor: Mark Deakin

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A professional in the energy business in need of keeping abreast of the changing energy landscape
    • A manager tasked with evolving your business towards sustainable energy operations
    • Generally interested in renewable energy

    How we build your confidence

    • Renewable Energy Project Brainstorm: This course seeks to equip attendees with the knowledge to intelligently critique renewable energy projects, identify possible flaws.
    • Daily Recap Sessions: Each morning the daily recap includes brainstorming in which the class is encouraged to propose their own RE project for critique by the class and instructor. This influx of fresh knowledge keeps the course exciting, engaging and at the leading edge but also practical and real-world.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • That Renewable Energy is abundant. Energy density, storage, and distribution limit its use
    • The basic technology behind each major Renewable Energy type
    • The natural setting to which each major Renewable Energy type is suited
    • Does this emerging technology address a choke point or is it just interesting science?
    • The emerging technologies that will propel Renewable Energy over the next five to ten years
    • Energy Storage: green hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells, pumped hydro, gravity, air, solid & liquid batteries, capacitors, chemical, isomers, isotopes, thermal, mechanical, and numerous other emerging storage types; their technology and application
    • Good and bad Renewable Energy projects - what made them good, what made them bad
    • The role of government and private investment in Renewable Energy
    • Why Renewable Energy will replace fossil fuels
    • The global imperatives that drive Renewable Energy


    Why Renewable Energy?
    • This topic covers climate change, evidence, rates of change vs. natural and human adaptation, biodiversity, climate physics, energy in = energy out, radiative forcing, planetary scale, time and inertia.

    Renewable Energy Sources
    • For each source of Renewable Energy - Hydro, Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Nuclear, Biomass and Ocean - the total contribution, intermittency, required storage, engineering setup, equations, key facts and future growth and challenges are compared using LCOE, recyclability and other metrics. The critical resources required for each are juxtaposed graphically with the existing infrastructure to arm attendees with the facts necessary to address the impending challenges.

    Energy Storage
    • For the currently critical topic of Energy Storage emerging technologies are investigated, covering energy density, hydrogen, green hydrogen, pumped hydro, gravity, lithium ion & redox flow battery’s, CAES, thermal, flywheels, capacitors & SMES and other exciting possibilities. Comparisons use LCOS, pros & cons and possible applications. ‘The Hydrogen Economy’ is juxtaposed with less problematic rival other energy carriers such as ammonia and synthetic hydrocarbons.

    Energy Distribution
    • Energy Distribution at an equivalent rate (power) of today’s fossil fuel usage via electric grids is explored in some detail to reveal the severe and looming limitations of electric grids. The advantage of on-demand localised vs intermittent RE sources and the inevitable (?) mass integration with EV’s as a ready distributed power source are investigated.

    Class input and feedback is encouraged throughout this course to uncover real-world, practical solutions from those directly involved in the multiple and diverse niches of Renewable Energy.



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