To provide detailed knowledge  of renewable energy power generation using solar PV and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies, energy storage and distribution after generation of renewable energy. Read more Read less

This course also provides you with knowledge in designing and analysing post-generation infrastructure using case studies of the latest technology developments in solar power generation, energy storage, distribution and corresponding renewable energy applications.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes lunch and refreshments during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the key benefits and challenges of Solar PV, Concentrating Solar Power, energy storage, and distribution networks in renewable energy,
  • Identify the appropriate energy storage and distribution methods for different types of renewable energy systems,
  • Analyse the main configurations and components in solar power generation, energy storage and distribution networks for renewable energy systems,
  • Justify the importance of materials, control, integration and information management issues in post-generation of renewable energy,
  • Appraise future technology and socio-economic trends in sustainability and assess associated opportunities and challenges.

Core content

  • Overview of solar PV and Concentrating Solar Power, energy storage and distribution for post-generation in renewable energy systems, 
  • Solar Energy
    Concentrating Solar Power – the four principal technologies, 
    Solar PV for domestic and utility scale deployment,
    Applications of solar energy – power generation, heating, cooling, desalination, and industrial process heat,
    Social, economic, and environmental impact of solar energy systems,
  • Thermal and Electrical energy storage materials and technologies
    Thermal energy storage,
    Electrochemical energy storage,
    Mechanical energy storage,
    Electromagnetic energy storage,
    Lead-acid and lithium batteries, and large scale battery storage,
    Hydrogen storage,
  • Sustainable management in energy systems
    Condition monitoring of energy infrastructures and energy harvesting,
    Management in energy distribution,
  • Electrical power management and control in energy storage and distribution
    Control and automation of power systems,
    Smart grids,
    Power converter,  
  • Case studies on the applications of energy storage and distribution, including smart grids, smart meters, energy management, condition monitoring, energy harvesting and advanced battery technologies
    Smart grid for electric vehicles,
    Condition monitoring for the maintenance of renewable energy infrastructures,
    Internet of things (IoT) and energy harvesting  for smart energy systems.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

10 Credit Points towards following MSc:


Dr Jerry Luo

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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