Quarterly updates on training dates, current projects, events, and new publications


U.S.-German Expert Exchanges on Hydrogen and Offshore Wind Energy 

In May, the United States and Germany officially launched the U.S.-Germany Climate and Energy Partnership. Within this framework, RENAC organised two delegation trips for high-ranking U.S. stakeholders to meet with experts from Germany and discuss hydrogen and offshore wind energy, which were identified as key topics for the transatlantic dialogue.

The three-day virtual hydrogen event and the four-day, in-person visit to Germany produced many useful insights. They were considered valuable contributions to the bilateral working groups on these two subjects, formed as part of the partnership.

RENAC is the lead partner for the organisation of expert delegation trips as part of a consortium with adelphi and the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad, which supports the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in fostering the energy and climate cooperation with the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director, strandberg@renac.de


Accelerate Your Career Development with RENAC’s Online Programmes Starting in October

RENAC’s online programmes offer participants the flexibility to set their own schedules as they complete their studies from any location. Programmes cover key energy transition topics to support professional development, including wind energy, PV, biogas, and green hydrogen. 

Learn more about the 15 options available in English and 6 in Spanish and enrol now for the next intake in October. The dynamic learning experience includes theoretical content, self-tests, instructional videos, and an interactive programme forum. Participants can also receive a RENAC certificate.

"RENAC’s Certified PV Professional programme is definitely a great way to get up to speed with photovoltaic business and technology. Not to mention the very hands-on do’s and don’ts tips included in the modules. Definitely a "must do" training programme." – Vincent Mignard, France, Certified PV Professional.

Raquel Cascales, Project Director E-Learning and Blended Learning, 

Enrol in the Blended Learning Programme: Green Energy Finance Specialist (GEFS)

This engaging programme is offered in English and in Spanish. It covers sustainable finance topics as well as the important legal and technological aspects of green energy. GEFS is accredited by the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA) and begins on 1 October with the 20-week online learning phase. After the online phase, students can attend the three-day seminar taking place in Berlin, Germany in-person or virtually next year in March.

With GEFS, in addition to the certificate from RENAC, students can earn 28 ECTS credits. These can be applied towards the Master of Science in Business Management with a specialisation in Green Energy and Climate Finance. RENAC developed this unique distance-learning M.Sc. degree together with the Berlin School of Economics and Law’s (HWR) Berlin Professional School (BPS). GEFS in Spanish is offered in cooperation with IFC Green Banking Academy (IFC–GBAC).

Katharina Hartmann, Project Director, greenbanking@renac.de


Join the 8th Cohort of Especialización en Energías Renovables

This one-year, distance-learning programme focuses on topics relevant to the development of the green energy sector in Latin America. It is designed for professionals who wish to work or who are currently working in this sector in the region. It focuses on renewable energy technologies and covers energy resources, normative frameworks, and energy efficiency measures. Participants also have the option to complete a one-week, elective module on campus at EARTH University. 

Before applying, please visit the programme website to learn more. It begins 12 December and is open to Spanish speakers who want to enhance their professional growth.

This academic programme is offered by RENAC in partnership with EARTH University in Costa Rica. It is certified by ACQUIN and participants who successfully complete the programme will receive 30 ECTS credits.

Uta Zähringer, Director Academic Programmes, zaehringer@renac.de


Capacity Building and Vocational Training in Mozambique  

In June, RENAC conducted train-the-trainer workshops in Portuguese for 14 training institutions in Maputo, Mozambique as part of the GreenSkills4Dev project. Over 30 teachers gained experience installing off-grid PV systems and imparting knowledge about this topic. To assist current and future renewable energy capacity building efforts, these institutions will also receive state-of-the-art training equipment.

As part of the GreenSkills4Dev project, curricula are also being developed in close collaboration with national institutions. Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo is receiving support implementing a blended-learning-based approach to two international master’s programmes.

GreenSkills4Dev is part of Green People’s Energy for Africa, an initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which is implemented by GIZ. 

Jens Brand, Project Director, brand@renac.de

Stay Updated: EnerTracks Application Period Opens Soon

To foster international expertise and domestically tackle the energy transition, RENAC, in cooperation with the Agora Energiewende, developed EnerTracks. The programme prepares participants to excel in transforming power systems. It includes assignments, final exams, virtual classroom sessions, and forum discussions. Participants who successfully complete all four modules will receive an Energy Transformation Expert certificate.

The new application period for the online training of the EnerTracks programme in English will begin in October. If you would like to receive a reminder to apply, please register your interest. Applicants accepted into the programme will start the online training in December. EnerTracks in Spanish is still accepting applications, apply by 15 September

To date, over 800 international energy specialists have participated in the programme. Learn more about EnerTracks and about programme eligibility.

Gloria Gabriel, Project Manager, gabriel@renac.de

Register for the Next Green Hydrogen in South Africa Expert Exchange Event

South African government representatives and business sector professionals as well as individuals from civil society are invited to register by 20 September to attend the next event of this series: H2 production technologies, technical standards, and norms.

In partnership with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), and on behalf of GIZ South Africa, RENAC has already successfully completed several events as part of this series, which was launched in March. This event will kick-off the next series cluster, focused on research, innovation, and training. Previous events included topics that are central to developing and harnessing the potential of a green hydrogen economy, such as development and regulatory frameworks and private sector involvement.

The event will take place 20 September. Learn more and register to attend. The series is funded by GIZ.

Charlene Rossler, Project Director, rossler@renac.de

Supporting Renewable Energy Sector Education and Training in Colombia 

RENAC analysed renewable energy (RE) sector workforce demand and key competencies as part of the project, ReCo: Exploration of Training Needs in the Renewable Energy Sector in Colombia. The results of the analysis helped develop sector-specific job profiles and identify training needs in the local education and labour landscape.

Additional training and capacity building programmes need to be established in Colombia to support the rapid growth of the market. Results from the analysis could inform the creation of robust RE educational programmes to foster the development of the RE market in Colombia and promote collaboration between German and Colombian stakeholders in the sector.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and implemented by RENAC in cooperation with the German research institution, FiBS RILLL, and local partners, SENA and AHK Colombia. 

Catalina Avila, Project Director, avila@renac.de

Expanding the Green Energy Market in Iraq Through Innovative Programmes 

Trainees recently started the online phase of the training and mentoring programme, Energy Innovation Coaches (EICs). It prepares participants to provide consulting services to businesses and private sector stakeholders in Iraq. After successfully finishing this phase, participants may be invited to complete an in-person training in Iraq focused on energy management in buildings and industry.

In spring, trainees completed the Master Train-the-Trainer programme at the RENAC Training Centre in Berlin, where they focused on enhancing their pedagogical skills and on completing practical exercises. It also included visits to the self-sufficient village of Feldheim and to the Solarpark Finow Tower, both in Brandenburg, Germany.

The programme is part of the project, Market and Business Development for Solar Power (Photovoltaics) in Iraq. It is commissioned by the BMZ and co-funded by the EU. GIZ and RENAC implement the project.

Iryna Dzhava, Project Director, dzhava@renac.de

Green Banking for Recovery Programme Contributes to Career Growth 

The programme supported over 180 stakeholders in Burundi and Nigeria with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop robust renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) financing options. It was particularly impactful for young professionals, who shared that this training contributed to their career development.

It was implemented by RENAC in cooperation with GET.invest
, a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria. 

"The training has enabled me to acquire comprehensive knowledge in energy infrastructure and energy requirements, PV applications for sub-Saharan Africa, and business models for decentralized RE technologies including the business plans for green energy investments. This knowledge will be fully integrated into scaling my organization's business plan and development in the renewable energy sector." – Onyekachi Nwafor

Agnieszka Kedzierska, Project Director, kedzierska@renac.de 


Working Towards 100% Renewable Energy at the Forum Neue Energiewelt 

Meet RENAC at the 23rd Forum Neue Energiewelt [New Energy World Forum] taking place at the Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany on 14–15 September 2022. For over 20 years, the event has promoted a collaborative exchange of ideas and networking opportunities. It provides a platform for industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss promising solutions to energy transition challenges.  

This year’s focus is on ensuring energy independence from fossil fuels and achieving climate neutrality. Presentations and discussions will cover a range of topics, including PV production, worker shortages, hydrogen, land conflicts, giga projects, and the current energy price crisis. 

Learn more about the forum and buy tickets


Learn More About EurObserv'ER Barometers and Resources 

In June, EurObserv’ER released the Solar Thermal and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) barometer. The solar thermal market bounced back in key EU countries in 2021 after a tough year in 2020, reaching the 2-million-m2 mark once again. At the end of 2021, CSP did not experience such an improvement. The EU CSP meter remains stuck at 2,328.8 MW. European CSP capacity is concentrated in Spain, where the officially installed CSP capacity is 99% of the EU total. 

In addition to thematic barometers published every two months, other freely available EurObserv'ER resources include policy profiles, case studies, and statistics on renewable energy sources. Users can review statistics in the online database, which provides data on renewable energy indicators in tables and graphs that can be easily exported. 

Download barometers, access reports and case studies, and learn more about the database

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