Solar Professionals for the New Energy Era: Activating engineering and business careers with online education
Wednesday, 08. February 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM
The webinar duration is 2:00 hours.

Solar Professionals for the New Energy Era: Activating engineering and business careers with online education

We are all participants in an emerging era of international renewable energy expansion. Solar energy, especially (solar) photovoltaics are transformative global commodities in this new energy era--with annual installed capacities at the multi-gigawatt scale and expanding markets occurring across Africa, Asia, Central and South America, in addition to Europe and North America. Also, critical international demand exists for carbon-negative energy solutions following the Paris Climate Agreements of 2015 (COP21). Global photovoltaic growth and associated solar thermal services have delivered us a phenomenal success story, along with a new challenge: supplying local solar engineering and project and management professionals across a large and diversified international supply chain.

So how do we grow the human capacity locally, when leading solar education institutions are often distant resources? Two advanced and complementary online graduate programs have emerged to facilitate international changes in career paths and continuing education for the modern solar industry skills--from device fabrication and systems design to power systems engineering, from stakeholder engagement to solar resource assessment to project economic analyses. In this webinar, partnering leaders from the University of Freiburg/Fraunhofer ISE and the Pennsylvania State University present new avenues to activate human capacity and skill in the solar energy industry: addressing design, manufacture, and deployment of solar projects. We will discuss leading topic materials from our programs, and introduce the importance of online education for international growth in the renewable energy industry.

Webinar presentations

Solar Professionals in the New Energy Era - Jeffrey Brownson
RESS Online Tools - Jeffrey Brownson
Solar Energy Engineering Master of Science - Martin Heinrich


Jeffrey Brownson

Dr. Jeffrey Brownson is Associate Professor of Energy & Mineral Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, PA (USA). Dr. Brownson researches the evolving interdisciplinary themes of photovoltaics, community solar integration, solar resource assessment, energy engineering and economics, and sustainability. He is the author of "Solar Energy Conversion Systems" (Academic Press, 2013); a solar text book for undergraduate and graduate study with emphasis on project design skills the integration of science, engineering, and economics--applying systems thinking methods for modern design teams of solar energy systems. Dr. Brownson co-directs solar research collaboration for the 2iE-PSU Centre for Collaborative Engagement in Burkina Faso, West Africa; directs the Solar Ecology program for the EMS Energy Institute; and serves as the Solar Option lead for the online intercollege Masters of Professional Studies program in Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems.

Martin Heinrich

Dr. Martin Heinrich is a Postdoc at the University of Freiburg and at the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany. He is the program manager of the continuing education program "Solar Energy Engineering", which offers a MSc. degree as well as certificate courses in solar energy and photovoltaics engineering. His research is focusing on electro-chemical and laser processing for silicon solar cells. Dr. Heinrich completed his degree in theoretical physics at the Technical University of Berlin in 2010. He worked at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and joined a PhD program at the National University of Singapore (SERIS), afterwards. During the time of his PhD he was involved with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg.

Webinar organiser

Thank you to our webinar sponsors Penn States' RESS Program and the University of Freiburgs' Solar Engineering Program. Through their sponsorship, this webinar is free to attend!

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