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Renewable Energy Primer (REN01)


    Renewable Energy is abundant and all around us. It is energy storage and distribution which limit its use.
    This forward looking course reviews, compares and contrasts all major renewable energy types. Each type’s contribution, setting, technology, emerging technologies, limitations, environmental impact, undesirables and economics (startup costs, running costs and payout times) are compared with a typical Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, one liter of diesel and an investor's viability check box. The course also investigates current and emerging technologies in the critical areas of Energy Storage (energy density, kwh/$, kwh/kg, batteries, fuel cells, hydro) and Energy Distribution (central, local, off-the-grid). Energy trend drivers, global imperatives and conservative future scenarios are presented.

    The course gives an exciting, fact-packed review of the increasingly diverse energy landscape evolving on our planet today, presented by a seasoned energy consultant, educator and investor. Key facts are reviewed in the context of what they mean for the future, highlighting the technological and financial choke points that typically stymie renewable energy projects.
    The course reviews renewable energy project success vs. failure in conventional financial terms, showing ways to pre-empt or circumvent failure as well as highlighting crucial technologies set to break current choke points.

    Course Duration: 2 days
    Course Level: Foundation
    Instructor: Mark Deakin

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • An oil & gas energy manager tasked with moving your company towards sustainable energy operations
    • In need of keeping abreast of the changing energy landscape and wanting to diversify, expand and evolve your business
    • An energy investor, banker or working in a private equity or finance company, who needs key facts, major trends and a fuller understanding of the developing energy landscape
    • A scientist or technical staff member in the renewable/alternative energy industry
    • A professional in a forward looking energy company (primary producer, distributor or retailer)
    • Interested in renewable energy (architect, local and federal government staff, university staff)

    How we build your confidence

    • Renewable energy project brainstorm
    • The objective of the course is to equip you with the knowledge to quickly vet renewable energy projects, identify flaws, propose solutions and rate a project's success in conventional ROI (return on investment) terms. To this end the course involves an intense and engaging ongoing daily debate in which the class is divided in two to propose and develop their own RE project.
    • This influx of participant knowledge keeps the course at the leading edge, but practical. Brainstorming merges the keenness and expertise of attendees with the huge factual database of the course and subjects the resulting proposals to competitive critical debate.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • Renewable energy being abundant, but storage and distribution limiting
    • The basic technology behind each major renewable energy type
    • The natural setting to which each major renewable energy type is suited
    • How to evaluate if this emerging technology addresses a choke point or if it is just interesting science
    • The emerging technologies that will propel renewable energy over the next five to ten years
    • The best and worst renewable energy projects - what made them good, what made them bad
    • The role of government and private investment in renewable energy
    • Why renewable energy will grow and largely replace fossil fuels
    • The global imperatives that drive renewable energy
    • The influence of science, media and celebrities on renewable energy investment


    • The technology, emerging technology, problems and economics vs. fossil fuels for:
      - Solar
      - Wind
      - Wave
      - Tide
      - Hydro
      - Geothermal
      - Nuclear
      - Biomass
    • Renewable vs. alternative energy
    • Electrical energy storage media vs. 1 litre of diesel - Is it energy dense, mobile and safe?
    • Electrical energy distribution trends, choke points
    • Renewable energy two day brainstorming class project
    • Your favourite renewable energy project - Does it stand up?




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