German Academy

International Summer School on Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Training Courses / Renewable Energy Education 


International Summer School on Renewable Energy “Wind Energy, Solar Power, & Biogas”

This summer school will consist of three, one-week modules which combine theory and practice focusing on wind, solar, and biogas energy. Each module includes a highly valuable practical aspect where participants will have the chance to visit German manufacturers/operators and companies in the wind, solar, and biogas fields......



Course Objectives

Knowledge – After the course, the participants will have an understanding of the following topics.

1- Summer School

The overall objective of this short term course is to give an overview about the main aspects that have to be taken into account for assessing projects in the field of renewable energy. The technologies of wind energy, photovoltaic energy, and  bio energy will be  discussed under technological, financial, resource assessment, and project management aspects. Visits of important manufacturers and plants of the relevant sectors will complement the theoretical training.

2. Wind Energy

The first module is dedicated to wind energy. What are the different technologies used in wind turbines, and what are their advantages and disadvantages? How much wind do we have? How can we connect our wind farm to the grid? Resource assessment and grid connection are two aspects of the project cycle which will be presented and discussed in more  detail, since they are the most important aspects of  a successful project.

You will receive a short introduction to the leading software tool for wind farm planning. A field trip to one of the most successful manufacturers of wind turbines worldwide will give   insight in producing and assembling the components, and will show the biggest onshore wind turbine with a performance of 7.5 MW. A visit of a wind farm with access to a wind turbine (AN Bonus 1.3, Siemens Company) complements the lessons - an outstanding experience not only interesting for wind energy experts.

3. PV Solar Power

The week long module covering PV solar power continues with the basics of PV technology, as well as the resource assessment, planning, and managing of PV projects. We give a professional overview of the whole PV project life cycle: location decision, energy yield assessment, technology and construction, operation, and maintenance.

A field trip to one of the most successful manufacturers of inverters will show an impressive on-grid, but indeed autonomous, academic building which  offers the possibility  of viewing modern PV components. A visit of an operator who operates and maintains different large scale solar fields with roof-top as well as tracker systems will complement the photovoltaic lessons.

4. Biogas

In the third module we will give attention to the fundamentals of biogas production and upgrading and the economic aspects with a focus on co-digestion. We will introduce the success of the German biogas market, show the future perspectives of biogas, and do exercises in a biogas plant designed to apply the newly gained knowledge. A visit of an internationally well-known manufacturer and operator  will give insight in operating different plants and their technology.

One and a half days of field trips complement the course program, with visits  to a medium sized waste water treatment plant and various plants for utilization of organic waste producing biogas. 


Date: August 30th.- September 19th, 2020

Location: Berlin (Germany)


Application and Payment Finalization Deadlines:

1- For Non-EU participants who need a visa to enter Germany: 30.05.2020.

2- For EU participants or participants who have a visa to enter Germany: 30.06.2020.

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