Application of Renewable Energy

Program Presentation

Currently, the large-scale use of fossil and nuclear fuels is one of the main features of what is known as an industrialized society.

The environmental impact caused by the manipulation and transformation of the various conventional energy sources has generated a new and different framework that began during the oil energy crisis of 1973; global warming, the hole in the ozone layer, acid rain, desertification, the storage of radioactive waste, etc, have all led to increased awareness by the industrialized societies.

In this regard, governments issue and enact increasingly more restrictive laws regarding environmental criteria for the energy sector, which suggests an important role of renewable energy as the expected solution that should lead in the twenty-first century toward what is known as "sustainable development".

Looking at it from a practical approach, the Application of Renewable Energy Program is essential in order to know the main sustainable technologies that exist today and their application to successfully confront the energy crisis problems of the new century.

Who is the programme for?

The Application of Renewable Energy Program is especially designed to satisfy two different types of groups:

  • People without a university degree who may want a quality education in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their basic training, want practical expertise in the energy management field to broaden their career opportunities.

Diploma

Upon successful program completion, a student will receive a Diploma issued by the University where they enrolled with the patronage of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

Estimated duration for completion of the Renewable Energy Program program is 300 hours (30 credits)1.

Regarding the distribution of time it states that:

  • Since it is a distance Program and not subject to classes, a specific start date is not set, so the student can enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic or educational purposes, the program has a three month minimum duration.
  • The maximum time available for the Program is six months. In this time period, the student must have completed all assessments relating to the courses.

The credit structure for the Application of Renewable Energy is found in the following table:

  CEDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 30 6 300

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the issuing university
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To provide guidance to those who wish to acquire the basic skills needed for optimal energy management, both at the user-level as well as on a larger scale, by proposing methodologies and case studies of environmentally and energetically sustainable facilities.

Specific objectives:

  • To analyze the problems, risks and uncertainties of the environmental impacts associated with energy use.
  • To become familiar with the current energy framework and future prospects.
  • To establish energy criteria best suited to address the different problems that arise in the professional world.
  • To become aware of the evolution of consumption and the need to make efficient use of energy.
  • To understand the importance of the use of renewable energy with the goal of achieving sustainable development.
  • To lay the groundwork for the implementation and maintenance of solar, wind and water facilities.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities in the Renewable Energy Program are:

  • Work in municipalities as technical/consultant in renewable energy.
  • Maintenance technician of wind farms.
  • Solar systems installer.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Application of Renewable Energy Program consists of eight courses, including practical case studies on different types of energy management.

The objectives are to introduce, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical foundations involved in water management and, second, organizational, social and technological implementation.

The goal is for students to gain an overview of water management through multidisciplinary related topics.

The courses and times for the Renewable Energy program are shown in the following table:

  TOTAL SUBJECTS HOURS
  TOTAL 300
1 Introduction 50
2 Solar thermal energy 40
3 Solar photovoltaic energy 40
4 Hydroelectric energy 50
5 Wind energy 50
6 Geothermal energy 30
7 Biomass energy 40
8 Marine energy --
-- Case studies --

These subjects, are independent, yet are structured according to a coherent teaching sequence that facilitates the understanding of increasing complexity. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the assessment tests.

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. . Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.