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14 September 2018


The course curriculum consists of nine days of in-person lessons, five weeks of distance learning courses (SPOCs) and eight weeks of group project work spread over three months.







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Renewable energy, Entrepreneurship

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The renewable energy sector is experiencing unprecedented growth and one of its greatest challenges is how to integrate renewable energy sources into the mix of energy solutions on a global basis. This need has created a substantial demand for new skills and increased training, especially in continuing education at executive levels. Furthermore, this demand applies to both technical and business professionals.

Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy utilises the complementary resources of two leading academic institutions – Ecole Polytechnique and HEC Paris – to deliver a dual-focus education programme that brings you up-to-date with the latest technological developments in renewable energy and teaches you the rules and best practices of entrepreneurship.

Strategic objectives

  • Provide state-of-the-art knowledge in renewable energy technologies
  • Teach the skills needed to manage innovation and entrepreneurship in the energy sector
  • Deliver a strong working knowledge of project management through a collective project

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the global and regional macro-economic balance in energy markets 
  • Draw up strategies for the public or corporate domain
  • Apply a comprehensive understanding of the different renewable energy technologies as an aid to future decision-making
  • Adopt best practices in innovation and entrepreneurship and employ them to develop new cutting-edge projects 
  • Master contractual aspects and risk analyses for project development in renewable energy and meet the challenges of infrastructure project management

Methodology and assessment

Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy employs a learning-by-doing approach via a part-time programme that mixes remote classes with on-site activities. Its format is designed to fit in with professional activities.

Specific elements include interactive SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) that incorporate hands-on activities in a cutting-edge research environment. In-person and distance learning courses as well as group collaboration in a project management case study are also included. Assessment takes the form of multiple-choice questionnaires, group reports and group oral defences.


The course is aimed at a professional executive audience. Specific categories include researchers seeking to start up ventures in the renewables sector, energy company engineers wanting to re-orient their careers, and technical staff in charge of renewable energy projects at public institutions.


There are no specific prerequisites.


Certificate of attendance issued by InnoEnergy and Ecole Polytechnique / HEC Paris to all who complete the course.


InnoEnergy in collaboration with Ecole Polytechnique / HEC Paris. 

Ecole Polytechnique, located in Palaiseau, France, is a leading French Engineering Grande Ecole and centre of excellence in renewable energy. HEC Paris, one of the top European business schools, is recognised for its expertise in energy economics and finance.

Both academic partners are strongly involved in MSc RENE, a cutting-edge InnoEnergy Master School programme that trains future game-changers in renewable energy.


Technological aspects

  • SPOCs on different renewable energy technologies

    • Photovoltaic solar energy
    • Hydro, wind and marine resources
    • Biomass and bioenergy
  • Experimental teachings
    • Photovoltaic module performance characterisation under outdoor conditions
    • Wind turbine performance and wind characterisation under outdoor conditions
    • Characterisation of silicon solar cells
    • Preparation of organic solar cells
    • Nanogrid performance experimentation

Business aspects (SPOCs and synchronous classes)

  • Innovation and strategy
  • Operation management
  • Financial valuation
  • Global and regional energy models
  • Project contracts and risks
  • Market organisation and industrial structure
  • Project finance

Seminars given by energy and climate experts

  • Climate change challenges 
  • Energetic challenges 




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