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Application open until 11 April 2017

Start Date

11 April 2017


7 weeks: 6 weeks of study (1 week per module) plus 1 week for the exam

Time required

2-3 hrs per week


79 €






English language proficiency in energy transition

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Concerns about climate change and the shortage of fossil fuels continue to feed the energy transition debate in global professional forums as well as more local private contexts. But whether discussing the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima or the German ‘Energiewende’ response, English is the most important language. It’s the voice of global communication.

Understanding English cannot in itself solve the problems of energy supply, but it can help find the right words and use them correctly when talking about solutions. Power Up: English for the Energy Transition, a six-module, video-based language massive open online course (MOOC), provides this linguistic capability – from how we generate sustainable power today to the untapped energy sources of the future.

Strategic objectives

  • Empower participants with a strong English vocabulary covering topics closely related to the energy transition 
  • Teach the ability to use it effectively in spoken and written communication across a broad range of contexts

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will have acquired:

  • A solid basic vocabulary of terms for understanding and communicating energy transition topics in professional and private contexts
  • Passive listening skills and reading comprehension as well as active writing skills for participating in discussion forums or completing written tasks
  • The ability to take part in business discussions with international partners or debate issues with a political background

Methodology and assessment

As an open online course, Power Up: English for the Energy Transition is taken from the participants’ usual study location. The programme consists of six modules and mainly comprises video-based lectures that end with quizzes. Its quantifiable goal is the acquisition and use of 20 to 30 vocabulary words per week.

Watching the videos and successfully solving the quizzes is required for taking the final course exam, a thirty-question on-line multiple-choice test designed to assess the understanding of concepts rather than simple memorization. The test covers all modules and all the major concepts discussed. Passing this exam is a prerequisite for receiving the course certificate of accomplishment.


This course is aimed at professionals and students with current knowledge of English who want to refresh their language skills and expand their vocabulary, particularly in topics connected to the energy transition.

It is especially suitable for professionals wanting to progress their international energy career as well as those who would like to brush up their language skills before joining the ‘Energy English’ further education course at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), one of the organising institutions.


  • Some previous knowledge is required: English level at A2/B1 or above according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Although not strictly necessary, prior knowledge of the energy business is helpful


A Certificate of Accomplishment is issued by InnoEnergy to all who complete the course and pass the final examination.


InnoEnergy in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the institute’s Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (ZML), recognosed for its leading technology-based teaching and learning solutions across a wide range of educational contexts.


Power Up: English for the Energy Transition comprises 6 modules. Note: The course does not provide in-depth insights into technical terminology, e.g. of the workings of a power plant.

•    1. Introduction

  • Energy transition and its vocabulary
  • Current infrastructure and how it is changing 
  • From fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources

•    2. Renewable Energy

  • Generating sustainable power
  • Current renewable technologies 
  • The essential vocabulary for each 

•    3. Transmission and Distribution

  • From power generation to consumption
  • Current infrastructures for a balanced power grid  
  • Next generation smart grid technology: what it is, how it works

•    4. Storage

  • Integrating renewable energy into existing infrastructures
  • The potential of energy storage 
  • Most promising technologies currently available

•    5. Efficiency and Usage

  • Sustainable energy and energy efficiency
  • Energy use/consumption in buildings
  • Role of human behaviour in reducing demand

•    6. Future of Energy

  • Potential untapped sources of energy  
  • Effects of today’s technologies on the future  
  • Energy access and equality in a world of growing demand




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