Professional Certificate of Competency in Renewable Energy Systems

  • 3 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Electrical Engineering
  • Online Mechanical Engineering
  • Online
Course Code
  • 11 September 2023
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Electrical Engineering

Course Overview

Renewable energy is and will continue to be the key solution to a sustainable future in tackling environmental crisis such as climate change. This course covers various renewable energy systems that are popular in industry and explores the operation and control of renewable integration. It is designed for engineers who work with electrical systems involving the utilization of renewable energy.

What you will learn/gain from the Renewable Energy Systems Short Course:

  • The operation and control of popular renewable systems such as solar, wind and hydro power;
  • Fundamentals of promising renewable sources such as hydrogen, geothermal, biomass and tidal energy;
  • Thorough knowledge of renewable energy integration into power systems;
  • Understanding and appreciation of renewable energy related technologies such as energy storage and distributed generation;
  • Practical skills of renewable system modelling and simulation.

Course Benefits

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from EIT.
  • Learn from well-known faculty and industry experts from around the globe.
  • Flexibility of attending anytime from anywhere, even when you are working full-time.
  • Interact with industry experts during the webinars and get the latest updates/announcements on the subject.
  • Experience a global learning with students from various backgrounds and experience which is a great networking opportunity.
  • Understand the operation, control, and integration of popular renewable energy systems such as solar, wind and hydro power into the power system
  • Study the fundamentals of latest renewable sources such as hydrogen, geothermal, biomass and tidal energy.
  • Learn renewable energy related technologies such as energy storage and distributed generation.
  • Gain practical skills of renewable system modelling and simulation.

Course Details

The objective of this course is to impart detailed knowledge of the design and planning of power generation using renewable sources, along with the role of power electronics as part of renewable energy systems.

Sustainable energy is a concept which needs to be reinforced in the interest of preserving the environment and is going to continue being a significant focus area for future decades. A thorough knowledge of the technologies utilising renewable sources, their economical implication, and their pros and cons, is essential for all engineers.

This course aims to provide detailed knowledge and appreciation of renewable technologies. Students will not only gain in-depth understanding of renewable power fundamentals, but will also be introduced with advanced associated technologies such as energy storage, distributed generation, microgrid and the use of artificial intelligence in renewable systems. Further, student will gain practical skills on the modelling and simulation of popular renewable systems such as wind and solar power systems.

One topic is delivered per contact week.

Read more in the course outline.

Topic 1

Sustainable and Renewable Energy (RE)

  1. Energy basics, pollution and greenhouse effect
  2. Energy efficiency and renewable energy policy
  3. Background and motivation for renewable energy
  4. Tariffs for electricity and renewable energy
  5. Renewable energy deployment policies

Topic 2

Types of Renewable Energy- Hydro

  1. Introduction to hydroelectric power
  2. Hydraulic engineering
  3. Calculating the power generation potential of a water resource
  4. Run-of-river schemes with particular reference to mini/micro hydro power plants
  5. Types of water turbines and applications
  6. Turbine selection criteria
  7. Turbine efficiency and performance
  8. Pumped storage option for demand management
  9. Environmental problems posed by large hydropower plants
  10. Reservoir-induced seismicity and seismic design considerations

Topic 3

Types of Renewable Energy- Geothermal and Fuel cell

  1. Geothermal power extraction cycle
  2. Equipment used in geo-thermal plants and special requirements
  3. Hydrogen as a fuel
  4. Fuel cells general principles and different types
  5. Comparison of efficiencies and performance

Topic 4

Types of Renewable Energy- Biomass, Tidal and Wave energy

  1. Ocean and wave energy plants
  2. Tidal energy plants and their design features
  3. Turbine types for use in tide basins
  4. Biomass-types and ways of utilisation
  5. Anaerobic digesters for animal and human waste
  6. Biomass gasifiers for agro waste
  7. Ethanol fuels from agro-products/by-products
  8. Biofuels in liquid form (Bio-Diesel)

Topic 5

Types of Renewable Energy- Solar energy and Photovoltaic (PV)

  1. Historical overview
  2. Solar heat as an energy source
  3. Power generation using steam generation units operating on solar heat
  4. Photovoltaic basics
  5. Modern PV cells
  6. PV characteristics
  7. Cell design
  8. Maximising power output
  9. Solar power module arrangement
  10. Future of solar energy using polymer cells and transparent-coatings as solar power sources

Topic 6

Types of Renewable Energy- Wind energy

  1. Historical overview
  2. Wind power data collection and evaluation
  3. Wind turbine technology options
  4. Horizontal and vertical axis turbines
  5. Turbine components
  6. Wind turbine blade design
  7. Turbine output calculation
  8. Citing a wind farm for the maximum benefit
  9. Wind farm site selection and environmental issues
  10. Offshore wind turbine option

Topic 7

Power Electronics used for renewable energy (Solar and Wind)

  1. Role of power electronics
  2. Power electronics used in renewable (DC-DC Converters, active Filter, inverters)
  3. Complete Solar system and components
  4. Complete wind system and components

Topic 8

Renewable System Control and Modelling


  1. Hydraulic structures and their function
  2. Flow control methods
  3.  Electrical generator and associated equipment for hydro-plants


  1. Tracking systems (single and dual axis)
  2. Maximum power point tracking in solar generation
  3. A complete solar system with inverter and storage battery


  1. Wind turbine control
  2. Tower and turbine design
  3. Types of generators used (Doubly Fed Induction Generator, synchronous)
  4. Maximum power point tracking in wind generation

Topic 9

Distributed Generation, Storage and the Complete Renewable Energy Systems

  1. Renewable energy for Distributed Generation (DG)
  2. Storage as a key technology area for large scale deployment of renewable power sources
  3. Different types of storage
  4. Complete renewable energy-led systems

Topic 10

Renewable System Integration to Grid and Compliance with Grid

  1. Grid connected solar systems
  2. Grid connected wind power systems
  3. Standards and requirements of grid connected systems (e.g. voltage, frequency, power factor etc.)

Topic 11

Microgrid, Smart Grids and the Economics of Renewable Energy (RE)

  1. Cost of solar power
  2. Cost of wind power
  3. Techno-economic Investigation on Hydrogen production and utilization as a long-term energy storage solution
  4. Energy economics and financial analysis
  5. Introduction to microgrid and its relevance to DG and RE
  6. Introduction to smart grids and its relevance to RE

Topic 12

Artificial Intelligence-AI (Machine Learning) in renewable energy generation, integration and optimization of renewable system operation

  1. Use of AI in RE: (prediction, sizing, performance analysis, maintenance, protection, forecasting)
  2. Overview of machine learning applied in Generation, Integration, Prediction

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online weekly webinar.  Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes a weekly pre-recorded webinar of 60 mins duration and attending a live webinar that runs for about 60 mins to facilitate class discussions and allow you to ask questions.

This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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