Online courses are designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to develop new innovations in sustainable energy
InnoEnergy has joined forces with social learning platform FutureLearn to deliver courses on blockchain and its role in the energy sector, as well as courses on smart grids and solar energy.
The partnership will see InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine which is supported by the innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation, EIT, host a range of new online education courses in the sustainable energy sector on the FutureLearn platform.
The first courses are focused on a range of topics that are set to dominate the innovation agenda over the next few years, including blockchain, smart grids for smart cities and the business potential of solar photovoltaics.
The massive open online courses (MOOCs) are aimed at cleantech industry professionals, and members of the public can also register. Designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to develop new innovations in sustainable energy.
“The future of sustainable energy depends on innovation. This partnership with FutureLearn is an important part of our plan to embed innovation into the industry by empowering cleantech professionals to develop commercially-viable new products and services that can make a real difference,” said Frank Gielen, education director at InnoEnergy.
The courses are:
Blockchain in the energy sector -- available to join now, offers an overview of how and why blockchain will take over the energy sector, optimising old processes and empowering customers like never before. Participants will begin to understand how blockchain is creating a new paradigm, where users can buy and sell energy from and to each other.
For insight into course content before registering, participants can watch an InnoEnergy webinar on the use of the blockchain for smart contracts and billing settlement.
Smart grids for smart cities -- available to join now, provides a technological and behavioural framework to help citizens, companies and cities to reduce their carbon footprint. Participants will look at energy production models and use basic tools to integrate themselves into the energy production cycle.
Throughout the course, learners will find out how smart grids work, at both a small and large scale, collect big data from smart grids and analyse it to understand energy consumption, and finally, look at how they can lobby public institutions to boost energy innovation and sustainability in both urban and rural environments.
“There’s so much hype about blockchain and its potential disruptiveness to the energy sector, so it’s fantastic for us to have a course from the experts who can explain to our learners exactly what blockchain is, how it works, and what it means for the future of energy,” added Nigel Smith, head of content at FutureLearn.
“These are the questions on a lot of people’s minds today. Similarly, with solar power and smart grids, people and professionals want to understand more about these subjects and we’re proud to provide the platform to make these subjects easily accessible.”
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