Available courses

A group-interactive approach is followed over the two contact weeks for the course, which is divided into four parts that all relate to and feed off each other.

The four parts are: Classroom Work (online work for this semester due to Covid-19), Community Work, a Group Project, and written Work.

The specific outcomes of the module are for participants to:

• Understand different perspectives of the policy contexts on the continent, in terms of the regulatory, institutional and market settings for Renewable Energy Technology (RET) systems.

• Understand the meaning of technology and the importance of national systems of innovation to support emerging RETS systems.

• Understand how RET systems are embedded in national, continental, and international energy, economic, and social-ecological systems.

• Understand how the sustainability of RET systems may be assessed and prioritized.

· Understand how appropriate RET systems may be financially supported within the realm of regulatory, institutional, and market constraints.

The purpose of the Externalities / Impact Analysis course is to provide some insight into the best practice of assessing the sustainability of renewable energy technologies, and their respective value chains, and will cover the following:

• Sustainability assessment methods;

• Sustainability assessment best practice;

• Decision analysis tools; and

• Externalities regarding the rare earth elements which are crucial to the renewable energy technologies (photovoltaic and wind).

• Externalities regarding energy. It concerns the True cost of electric power and is based upon a report published in 2012 by Dallas Burtraw and Alan Krupnick from the Center for Energy Economics and Policy, Resources for the Future.

• Understand the true costs of electricity generation by using three main types of studies: primary studies, benefits transfer studies, and meta-studies.

• Determination of the true cost of energy generation from different sources (renewable and non-renewable) based on a case study.