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EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

The staff and partners of the Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence for Sub Sahara Africa, Education and Outreach area inform a variety of audiences about Sustainable Energy research, energy concerns, and sustainability issues affecting our planet. Their goal is to broaden the understanding of current issues in Renewable Energy for the general public as well as students and educators at the Centre, at undergraduate, and graduate levels. A strong emphasis will be on using critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and systems-based logic in the development of Renewable Energy classroom materials and other informational resources. Because Renewable Energy research and development are important contemporary issues, Education and Outreach members will participate in various programs and events to present research from Centre laboratories in a way that is accessible and interesting to a broad array of audiences.

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Summer research experiences for undergraduates and post-graduates will be promoted. To prepare the next generation of Sub Sahara Sustainable Energy scientists, The Centre will provide interdisciplinary research opportunities to graduate students, post-doctors, and visiting scientists. In addition to these activities in higher education, The Centre will be teaming up with many Universities. In Africa, we need to raise awareness of cellulosic bio fuels, carbon emissions from energy use, solar energy, solar thermal, wind, hydro and obstacles to a successful bio fuel economy. Targeting fifth-graders, the Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence will use education and outreach efforts to make information accessible to the general public and reach students when they still are excited about science. The Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence will offer different courses on 23 Masters of Science, (M.Sc) in Sustainable Energy in different fields and areas of specialization, which will be integrated in the near future. In total, about 78 professors and staff members will contribute to the courses. All areas from the Centre of Excellence will be covered in 2011.


In order to encourage knowledge transfer and learning, Ph.D. students who are active in Sustainable Energy will meet each other at an annual national conference. It is proposed to organize such an event also for Ph.D. students active in all the courses. The two events can be combined in the form of a Summer School and a top-quality knowledge exchange platform. Visiting professors will be invited to teach in specific Sustainable Energy subjects, so that M.Sc. students also benefit. To enhance cooperation between the Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence, it is proposed that in every promotion committee, an external member from the other technical universities must be present. As a spin-off of the current centre-formation, a new initiative will be started for knowledge transfer on sustainable energy to secondary schools. Sustainable energy is an ideal carrier for integrating education on mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry and will promote enthusiasm for technical studies.



THE FOLLOWING COURSES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT PHD LEVEL IN RSECE

• Biophotonics

• Electrical Technology for Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems

• Electromagnetic Design

• Renewable Energy & Environmental Modelling

• Renewable Energy: Technology & Sustainability

• Engineering Design and Applied Mechanics, including Wind Energy Specializations

• Geothermal Energy

• Fuel Cell Systems & Hydrogen Production

• Marine Technology

• Solar Thermal Applications

• Wind Turbine Design and Performance

• Photovoltaic Devices & Systems

• CO2capture, Storage, and Mitigation

• Emissions Reduction

• Energy Efficiencies

• Bio-energy Financing

• Contract Farming

• Energy Forecasting

• Centre of Excellence Commercialize Products Financing

• Clean Diesel Engines

• Clean Coal Technology

• Nuclear Power Plant Reliability

• Hydrogen Production

• Fuel Cells (Solid Oxide, PEM)

• Thermoelectric Materials and Devices

• Lithium Ion Batteries

• Energy Systems Reliability

• Power Quality

• Large Scale Optimization

• Electricity Markets

• Sustainable Energy Policy

• Sustainable Urban Design

• Emissions Reduction

• Green Auto Power Train

• Green Batteries



RSECE / UMYU Short Courses

1, Solar PV Technologies (grid-connected and off-grid)

2, Biogas Digester Design & Construction

3, Inverter Construction & Maintenance

4, Solar Design, Construction & Maintenance

5, Small Bioreactor Construction for Biofuel Processing

6, Managing Energy Farms

7, Wind Repair & Maintenance

8, Small Hydro Turbine Construction

9, Small Hydro Dams Design & Construction

10, Solar Farm Management

11, Science & Engineering Processes of Biofuels Maintenance

12, Electrical Wiring & Installations

13, Metalwork Design & Construction

14, Carbon Finance

15, PV Sales & Finance

16, Solar Thermal Assessor Training

17, Solar Thermal Conceptual Design

18, PV & Solar Thermal Structural Considerations

19, Basic Photovoltaic

20, Solar Water Heating

21, Project Management

22, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration

23, Electronic Design, Management & Maintenance

24, Computer Engineering & Maintenance

25, Auto Mechatronics

26, Automobile Mechanics

27, Plumbing Science, Construction & Maintenance

28, Small Wind Site Assessor Training

29, Small Wind Turbine Design & Construction

30, PV Systems Design

31, Introduction to Tower Climbing & Safety

32, Renewable Energy Solutions

33, Renewable Energy Management & Finance

34, Marketing for Renewable Energy

35, Energy & Resource Efficiency

36, The Green Deal

37, Energy Efficiency in Buildings

38, Electric Vehicles

39, Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

40, Renewable Energy and Power Systems Management

41, Distributed Energy Planning and Management

42, Briquettes Production

43, Algae Production & Management

44, Metal Stove Science, Design, Construction, & Assembly

45, Mud Stove Science, Design & Construction

46, Solar Street Light Design, Installations & Maintenance

47, Biogas Energy Mechanic

48, Bio-plant Mason

49, Biogas Plant Architect & Designer,

50, Wind Meteorologist

51, Hydrogen Production

52, Fuel Cells (Solid Oxide, PEM)

53, Thermoelectric Materials and Devices

54, Lithium Ion Batteries

55, Clean Diesel Engines

56, Clean Coal Technology

57, Energy Forecasting

58, Biophotonics

59, Electrical Technology for Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems

60, Electromagnetic Design