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MBA Renewables fosters networking and discussion at its first Alumni Conference “Integration of Renewable Power Generation”

Professionals from 17 different countries gathered in Berlin (Germany) for the first MBA Renewables Alumni Conference "Integration of Renewable Power Generation" from 21st to the 25th of June 2017. The conference presented perspectives and challenges of the Energiewende (Germany’s energy transition), a topic which is raising interest all over the world. Additionally, the event served as a unique platform for exchange amongst the many talented people who have studied the MBA Renewables. MBA Renewables, offered by the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and Renewables Academy (RENAC) since 2011, is the first distance learning Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

"I really enjoyed the Alumni Conference! It was so inspiring to learn about the projects of all the major colleagues and to see that we still want to save the world! It was also a great opportunity to do international networking and to be updated in new renewable energy and energy efficiency topics."
Alejandra Escobar, FOKUS Fraunhofer Institut for Open Communication Systems, Mexico, MBA Renewables Alumni, 2017

The conference is supported by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from Federal Foreign Office.

For further information on MBA Renewables, please visit this link. The application phase for the next MBA Renewables intake ends on 1st of September 2017.

RENAC Open Trainings for individuals

Green Energy Summer School in Berlin

The Green Energy Summer School (GESS) is an exceptional opportunity to get an insight into renewable energy and energy efficiency. Employing a blend of up-to-date theoretical lectures, state-of-the-art practical training and field excursions, GESS makes learning not only effective but also very exciting.

"One of the best trainings I have attended. The programme, the instructors and the atmosphere were great. It was a great experience."
Bassem Chalak, Setraco Group, Lebanon, Green Energy Summer School, 2015

Grid-connected and Off-grid Photovoltaics28th August - 1st September
17th July
Overview of Energy Efficiency in Industry and Buildings28th August - 1st September17th July
Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy (Wind and Photovoltaics)4th - 8th September20th July
Financing Renewable Energy Projects with Focus on Wind and Photovoltaics4th - 6th September20th July
Overview of Bioenergy4th - 8th September20th July

Further trainings in Berlin

10% early bird discount until
Introduction to Renewable Energy Technolgies6th - 10th November
25th September
11th September
Environmental Fiscal Reform for the Energy Sector20th - 22th November
9th October
25th September

RENAC Online trainings

The Renewables Academy Online (RENAC Online) offers a variety of trainings and training packages that will suit your needs, whether you are new to renewable energy or wish to specialise further. RENAC Online provides:

- Extensive individual support via the course forum and live lectures (Virtual Classroom)
- Small comprehensive units of instruction
- Self-evaluation tests
- Video lectures
- RENAC certificate
- The trainings are officially certified by the German Central Office for Distance Learning (ZFU)

"The overall experience was amazing thanks to the sufficient and creditable material, and the amazing effort from RENAC staff."
Adel Osman, Egypt Power Group/Green Heights International Schools, Egypt, Certified ReGrid® Manager, 2016

TrainingStudy time
10% early bird discount until
Applying Renewable EnergyCa. 30 – 70 hours, depending on the course combination1st October 2017 – 31st March 201827th September
20th August
Applying Energy EfficiencyCa. 100 hours1st October 2017 – 31st March 201827th September20th August
Certified ReGrid® Manager (CRGM)Ca. 200 hours1st October 2017 – 31st March 201827th September20th August
Certified PV ProfessionalCa. 150 hours1st October 2017 – 31st March 201827th September20th August
Certified Renewable Energy Project DeveloperCa. 130 hours1st October 2017 – 31st March 201827th September20th August

Export Initiatives for German companies open for registration

As part of the support programme German Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, RENAC provides a wide range of international services to foster information exchange and business matchmaking in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

German small and medium-sized companies can participate in information sessions in Berlin and business trips to target countries in Central Southeast Asia, central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Central and Latin America. Non-German companies can participate in fact-finding missions to Germany. For further information, please visit RENAC's German website, or contact Laura Scharlach via email: scharlach@renac.de if you are interested in getting the programme for 2017.

Type of activity

Information session
Biogas5th September
MalaysiaInformation sessionBiogas19th SeptemberDownload
IsraelInformation sessionEnergy management and Combined Heat and Power22nd November
PhilippinesAHK business trip
Energy efficiency in buildings, geothermal and PV rooftop installations4th-8th September
KazakhstanAHK business tripGrid integration of renewable energies4th-8th SeptemberDownload
IsraelAHK business tripEnergy efficiency in commercial buildings and municipalities10th-14th SeptemberDownload
AHK business tripDecentralised renewable energy supply with renewable energies11th-15th SeptemberDownload
AHK business tripEnergy efficiency in industry11th-14th SeptemberDownload
AHK business tripEnergy efficiency and renewable energies in the food and tourism industry18th-22nd SeptemberDownload
TunisiaAHK business tripOnshore wind energy18th-22nd SeptemberDownload
BrazilAHK business tripEnergy efficiency in buildings, solar thermal, cooling, lightning and pumps18th-22nd SeptemberDownload
IndonesiaAHK business tripGeothermal25th-29th SeptemberDownload
ColombiaAHK business tripDecentralised renewable energy supply with renewable energies25th-29th SeptemberDownload
ThailandAHK business tripEnergy efficiency in buildings and PV rooftop installations25th-29th SeptemberDownload

Green Banking trainings for India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

Green Banking project successfully launches Green Finance Specialist Programme in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

In the framework of the capacity building project Green Banking, RENAC is offering the Green Finance Specialist Programme (GFS) for professionals from India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. GFS is a combination of a 20-week online training and a 3-day face-to-face (F2F) seminar on green energy and climate finance. The Green Finace Specialist Programme started on the 26th of June 2017 with more than 125 participants. This blended-learning programme, which is in the process of gaining accreditation from the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA), will end in November 2017 when the respective F2F trainings will take place in the five partner countries.

Use your chance to participate in Green Banking Trainings 2017. Very few scholarships for the Green Banking Blended Learning Programme are available for application:

Blended Learning
Combination of Online Training (OT) and Face-to-face Seminar (F2F) in partner country21st August – 13th October 2017 (OT) & Oct/Nov 2017 (F2F in partner country)8 weeks + 3 days
Apply online
Online Training
21st August – 13th October 20178 weeksApply online

Green Banking is implemented by RENAC as part of the German International Climate Initiative (IKI) with the support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.


Workshop "Fostering Renewable Energy Market Development in Central America", 7th – 8th September 2017, San José (Costa Rica)

RENAC and the EARTH University are organising the workshop "Fostering Renewable Energy Market Development in Central America" for public and private stakeholders from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The 2-day event will draw attention on possible strategies, necessary actions, best practices and further milestones for a sound market development of renewable energy market development.

The workshop is supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

Further information is available on the EARTH University's website.


EurObserv'ER released "The State of Renewables Energies in Europe" – 16th edition and PV Barometer 2017

The European Union funded project EurObserv'ER has released its annually updated market report "The State of Renewable Energies in Europe 2016" on the development of 10 RE technologies in the EU-28. The report covers energy data (installed RE capacities and energy production), investment indicators, estimations on EU wide employment, cost structures and dedicated chapters on avoided fossil fuel use and on the flexibility of the electricity system  for all EU member states. Also the recently published PV Barometer 2017 and Wind Energy Barometer 2017 is available for free download in English, French and German on the EurObserv'ER project website. All EurObserv’ER publications are also available on the RENAC website. If you wish to be informed about future EurObserv’ER publications, please subscribe here.

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