An understanding of the principles of renewable energy technologies is key to understanding the technological basis of the systems and applications, particularly with regards to the overall energy mix of a specific country.

The course provides the fundamentals of the renewable energy technologies and their impact on global and national energy system. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basis for assessment of the performances of wind, wave and tidal, hydro-electricity, biomass and waste technologies, and geothermal technologies.

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.

    Concessions available

Course structure

This course is delivered through a balanced combination of lectures and practical sessions. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the different components and main configuration of the different renewable technologies covered in the course,
  • Articulate the fundamental principles, terminology and key issues related to the most used renewable energy technologies,
  • Critically compare the challenges for the development and operation of the major technologies, including government regulation and policy,
  • Identify gaps in the knowledge and discuss potential opportunities for further development, including technology and economic potential.

Core content

  • Photovoltaic technology,
  • Concentrated solar power technology,
  • Onshore and offshore wind energy: fundamentals of wind turbines and placement,
  • Geothermal Systems (including ground-source heat pumps),
  • Wave and tidal energy technologies,
  • Hydro-electricity.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

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

10 Credit Points towards following MSc:

Who should attend

Those with a broad interest in developing renewable energy technologies and wish to gain the fundamental understanding of the technologies available. This includes energy and facility managers, consultants, local government planners and those working in an entirely different sector considering a change in career path.



10% discount applies if booked eight weeks in advance. 

10% discount for third and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. 

Discounts can be combined.

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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