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Off-grid renewable energy systems: To foster viable projects

Off-grid renewable energy systems: To foster viable projects

Global access to sustainable energy

Off-grid renewable energy systems: To foster viable projects | October

21/10/2019 to 15/12/2019
Duration: 8 weeks
Effort: 3 hours / week

About this course

In this course you will find out how off-grid renewable electricity systems can transform lives in poor and remote communities. You’ll assess the technical, social, policy and economic features of off-grid systems, and how projects can be successfully implemented to provide sustainable electricity in developing countries.

More specifically, you will learn about:

  • Off-grid Renewable Electricity: A primer.
  • Social value of off-grid renewable electricity.
  • Guidance for project sustainability.
  • Towards a smart electricity access framework.

Strategic objectives

  • Discover the sector of the off-grid renewable energy systems and their importance for energy access.
  • Understand the challenges and conditions to make off-grid renewable electricity projects happen, even at the bottom-of-the pyramid.


This course is part of the 'Off-Grid renewable energy' learning bundle, which will enable you to master this subject in depth

Is this course for you?

The course is for professionals and students finishing their studies, and who look for innovative and proven solutions for enabling universal access to sustainable energy.

You are a practitioner or researcher of the renewable or energy sectors, you work for a non-governmental organization in the development or energy fields, you are an entrepreneur or work for a company committed to socially responsible business in developing countries, you work for a cooperation agency and want to identify prospects of off-grid solutions, you are a student at the end of your undergraduate studies, this course is for you!


How does the course boost your career?

On completing this course, you will:

  • Know about the most recent trends,  main characteristics and applications of off-grid renewable electricity systems.
  • Have the abilities to assess the benefits and social value of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries.
  • Have the skills to foster the sustainability of off-grid renewable electricity projects in developing countries.
  • Know how to define the principles of a smart energy framework to enable off-grid renewable energy systems.
  • Have developed a network of contacts and knowledge sources within and outside the course environment.


Teaching methods and materials

The learning methodology builds upon:

  • 21 video lessons, with theory, case studies and animation.
  • Supplementary material for each lesson, including reports, articles, websites.
  • Online Slack interaction and support for as long as the course runs
  • Hangout sessions, a good opportunity to discuss directly with the experts.

The assessment consists in self-evaluation (quizzes).

Course experts

Maryse Labriet

Director of the MOOC. Faculty Lecturer at the EOI-Madrid. Consultant and researcher on climate change, sustainable energy and energy modelling. Founder of Eneris Consultants, in Spain. 

Beatriz Maroto

Project Manager on renewable energy and water access at the Foundation Energia sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain and active in more than 20 countries. 

Carlos Sordo

Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager at Practical Action, in United Kingdom. Responsible of managing innovative partnerships providing holistic solutions to energy access problems.

Caroline Nijland

General Director of Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) in the Netherlands. FRES advances rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa with solar home systems and solar/hybrid mini-grids.

Grégoire Lena

Renewable Energy Expert, based in France, with in-depth expertise in solar photovoltaic sector and in the design of mini-grids in developing countries. 

José Gabriel Martín Fernández

Project Manager at ACCIONA Microenergy Foundation in Spain, focused on sustainable access to basic services such as energy and water, in isolated rural areas in developing countries.

Laura Williamson

Communication and Outreach Manager at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the development of regional status reports. 

Lucila Izquierdo

President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Energía sin Fronteras (Energy without Borders), based in Spain. Her priority is the sustainability of water and energy access projects. 

Michel Labrousse

Consultant, retired engineer, based in France. Collaborates with Electriciens sans Frontières (Electricians without Borders), a French association providing electricity services to the poor. 

Rana Adib

Research Coordinator at REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) in Paris. Among others, she coordinates the annual production of the Renewables Global Status Report. 

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