subota, 28. listopada 2017.

What You'll Study or Why Study Renewable Energy

93% of Renewable Energy students in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.
  • Energy efficiency (buildings, industry, transportation)
  • Renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal)
  • Design for environment and resource efficiency
  • Large-scale energy and environmental systems
  • Clean energy for the developing world
  • Advanced thermodynamics and energy materials
If you’d like to be part of change, here are the 10 best academic institutions to pursue a degree in renewable or sustainable energy systems.

1. Oregon Institute of Technology

In 2005, the Oregon Institute of Technology rolled out North America’s first four-year undergraduate degree program in renewable energy. Today, the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering program continues to prepare graduates to develop, manage, and implement sustainable energy technologies.
The program provides a foundation in math, physics, and chemistry. Core courses include instruction in energy management, wind power, photovoltaics, and fuel cells. The Institute added a Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering in 2012.

2. University of California Berkeley

Berkeley has long been a leader in research that addresses global issues and concerns. Its full-time MBA program in energy and clean technology was created to help individuals in the business and public policy sectors address energy problems. The program explores energy issues from every angle, including engineering, environmental, and fundamental science perspectives.
The university’s Renewable Energy Speaker Series invites leaders in a variety of sustainable and alternative energy sectors to share their insights with current students. Another class partners students with other graduate students from law, engineering, science, and policy programs to address the challenges of bringing new energy technology to the global marketplace.

3. University of Texas at Austin

The engineering program at UT Austin offers an extensive Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Technical Core for bachelor-level engineering students. The program aims to prepare graduates for careers in power systems and generation, grid operation, and renewable energy sources.
Students in this four-year program study both traditional and renewable energy resources and explore the function and design of electrical machines. Courses delve into topics such as nuclear power systems, solar conversion devices, and the development of solar-powered vehicles.

4. University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Energy Institute offers master degrees in energy systems engineering and in sustainable systems. The Energy Systems Engineering program is the first in the country to focus on developing leaders who are prepared to dynamically respond to changes in environmental and energy needs across the globe.
The Sustainable Systems program is a dual degree that prepares graduates with strong foundations in both engineering and sustainability. The program includes courses on ecological sustainability, infrastructure, and how to communicate energy solutions to policy makers. Graduates will be able to engineer energy systems that are sustainable economically, environmentally, and socially.

5. Stanford

Through its Center for Professional Development, Stanford offers graduate and professional certificate programs in renewable energy. These energy technologies certificates are designed for working professionals who want to expand their knowledge or broaden their career options. Certificates take between one and two years to complete and are offered online to better meet the needs of students who are already working full-time in their field.
Students can get either a graduate certificate in energy engineering and technologies or a professional certificate in energy innovation and emerging technologies. Courses explore everything from cellulosic biofuels and solar cells to electrochemical energy conversion and entrepreneurship in engineering and science-based industries.

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

It’s no surprise that innovative tech leader MIT has an energy studies minor that provides students with a combination of theory and hands-on experience. MIT views energy as a subject that permeates across all disciplines — so the university integrates undergraduate energy education across all schools, departments, and programs.
MIT also offers undergraduates the chance to participate firsthand in energy research related to a variety of energy and environmental challenges. Research opportunities are held over the summer and involve energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, and geothermal.

7. North Carolina State University

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center started in 1988 with a focus on solar energy. Today, the center offers an award-winning Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series through part of NC State’s continuing education division. Since its inception, the center has received both state and national recognition, including the U.S. Department of Energy Million Solar Roofs Best Progress Award for the Southeast Region.
Courses focus on practical application and help students obtain professional certifications for photovoltaics and solar heating. Technical professionals can fulfill requirements for certification through three 40-hour courses. The program also offers options for contractors, architects, and engineers to complete required continuing education credits for their professional licenses.

8. San Juan College

San Juan College in Farmington, N.M., has been offering solar training for more than 13 years and has one of the longest-standing renewable energy degree programs in the country. Students can pursue either an Associate of Applied Science degree or a certificate with a concentration in photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.
As part of the School of Energy, the Renewable Energy program emphasizes the National Electric Code as well as the design and application of solar energy systems. Courses also take an in-depth look at energy usage and conservation as well as building energy analysis.

9. Ecotech Institute

The first and only career college focused solely on education for careers in renewable energy technology, Ecotech offers a variety of bachelor and associate-level degrees for people who want a career in sustainable energy. Degrees range from a bachelors in business administration with an emphasis on sustainability to an associate degree in renewable energy. There are also options to focus on residential energy management or specific forms of clean energy like wind or solar.
Students in the Renewable Energy program can customize their degree to the specialization of their choice. Specialties include an emphasis on wind, solar, electrical engineering, and waste management.

10. University of Massachusetts Lowell

Whether you’re interested in minoring in sustainable energy or are ready to tackle a Ph.D., UMass Lowell has a renewable energy program to meet your needs. As a national research university, UMass is on the cutting edge of energy research and development.
From its energy engineering minor to its various doctoral programs, UMass offers a well-rounded education that emphasizes service learning and research. Students are encouraged to participate in renewable energy programs and initiatives in their community through SLICE, Service Learning Integrated throughout the College of Engineering.
With demand for clean, renewable energy sources growing, there will be an increased need for skilled workers. There are plenty of options available for people looking to start a career in renewable energy or expand their current professional goals to include sustainable energy. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, these 10 colleges are the best place to start researching which program will meet your education needs and career goals.


International agreements on CO2 diminution and European directives on the expansion of renewable energy generation ensure that the recent rapid growth in renewable energy installations will continue. Skills shortages in this sector are already being identified and the expected growth will only exacerbate the situation. Within the rapidly expanding European renewable energy industry, an urgent demand exists for more post-graduate trained staff, specialised in renewable energy technology.

The application process for Academic Year 2017/2018 is now closed, the 2018/2019 process will start on 15 January 2018.

The European Master is a course given by a consortium of Universities, each one with demonstrated experience in teaching and research excellence in a particular renewable energy technology. 
Core Providers
  • MINES-Paristech, France - French-taught 
  • Loughborough University, UK - English-taught 
  • University of Zaragoza, Spain - Spanish-taught 
  • Oldenburg University, Germany - English-taught 
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands - English-taught
Specialisation Providers
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece - Wind 
  • University of Northumbria, UK - Photovoltaics 
  • University of Zaragoza, Spain - RE Grid Integration 
  • University of Perpignan, France - Solar Thermal
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal - Ocean Energy
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands - Sustainable Fuel Systems for Mobility

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1 komentar:

  1. For those who are looking to get their hands into the actual transition from traditional energy to clean energy -- project managers, engineers, financiers, installers, operations and maintenance workers and higher-level positions like VPs of sales, business development or marketing -- more comprehensive renewable-energy specific knowledge will almost always be necessary.
    Before you start a program however, you must first decide what industry interests you most. “Clean Energy” is a broad topic and includes everything from large and small wind power to solar power technologies like PV, CSP and solar thermal to geothermal, biofuels, hydro, ocean and biomass energy. Even more broadly, clean tech encompasses energy efficiency, smart grid and green building.

    To those in search of more education to help further their careers in this industry there are a plethora of renewable energy programs available. Some of these were mentioned in our article on this topic. Programs listed in that article are not listed here.
    All across the globe, even more universities are offering clean tech programs or renewable energy tracks in their existing degree programs. Some are even starting new degree programs all together. While not exhaustive, a list of programs is below. Many offer programs that can be completed online. Please feel free to use the comment section to include other programs not listed here.
    IREC lists 39 U.S. University Programs at this site. In addition to those, here are a few more:
    Oregon Renewable Energy Center
    Appalachain State University
    Penn State
    Santa Clara University announced plans to add a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy within the School of Engineering starting in the 2011-12 academic year. It already offers a certificate program.
    University of Ulster
    Loughborough University has a Master’s Program in Renewable Energy.

    Graduate School of the Environment has an extensive degree program.
    NewCastle University has a flexible degree program focused on renewable energy.
    University of Leeds has engineering programs that focus on renewable energy.
    Technical University of Denmark has an MSc program in Wind Energy and Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainable Energy.
    Aalborg University has both undergraduate and graduate programs in Renewable Energy.
    South Africa
    Stellenbosch University offers a MA in RE.
    The AGH University of Science and Technology has undergraduate and graduate programs in both traditional and renewable energy.
    The Royal Institute of Technology has an extensive onsite and distance Master’s Degree program in Sustainable Energy.
    Tajik Technical University either has or is developing a Master’s Degree Program in Renewable Energy developed under the Curriculum Development in Renewable Energy Technologies in Central Asia Universities (CRETA) program.
    Murdoch University offers Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy
    Germany, France, Spain and the UK
    The European Masters in Renewable Energy coordinated by the European Renewable Energy Centers Agency allows students to study in one of 4 different European countries and then perform field work in another area of Europe.