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EEC Alumnus Spotlight – Tony Tiyou

EEC Alumnus Tony Tiyou
The European Energy Centre (EEC) is pleased to focus on the achievements of those who have attended EEC courses and attained the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate to further their careers in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors. The EEC, which works with the United Nations Environment Programme and major universities to promote best practice in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, this month is delighted to speak with Tony Tiyou, who has attended multiple courses with the EEC and has gone on to work in and set up his own company in the Renewable Energy sector.
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World Bank and US Department of Energy representatives praise the European Energy Center and George Washington University’s innovative Educational Partnership

Renewable Energy training participants
Since the Paris COP21 conference late last year, nations from around the world have been reacting positively to the outcomes of the event. Following European countries, the United States has been a global leader in the fight against climate change with total share renewables used in the US electric power sector to increase by 10.5% in 2016 and by 4.3% in 2017. Consequently, effective educational activities in renewable energy are now essential tools in the fight against climate change. The European Energy Center (known as the “EEC”) is at the forefront of these efforts, leading with state-of-the-art courses run alongside The George Washington University (GW).
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EEC Alumnus Spotlight – Vattenfall, Berry Jordan

Berry Jordan, EEC participant
In this section, we focus on the achievements of those who have attended EEC courses and those who have attained the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) to establish their careers in the renewable energy industry. This month, the EEC talks to Berry Jordan who works for the Swedish Energy Company Vattenfall. Berry attended the Renewable Energy Management and Finance training course at the University of London in January 2016.
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Green New Deal – EEC works with the United Nations

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Green Jobs | Green Economy | Green New Deal Meeting at the Parliament – from the left – Paolo Buoni Director, European Energy Centre (EEC); Enrico Buoni General Director, Centro Studi Galileo; Jim Mather, Energy Minister Scottish Parliament; Dr Shende, Head OzonAction, United Nations Environment Programme. In a meeting at Parliament, the European Energy Centre and the United Nations discuss the future of renewable energy for the country and the creation of green jobs with Energy Minister Jim Mather. To support green jobs, a green economy and the Green New Deal the EEC has created a Skills Alliance, to provide their…
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European Centre of Technology to run Project Management Training course

Successful course participants
Following the unparalleled success of the Project Management course in London earlier this year, the European Centre of Technology (ECT) (which is a sister organisation of the European Energy Centre EEC) will next hold the same course at the University of London in 2018. The ECT is a leading provider of cutting edge training for successful modern Project Management, and this course ensures that participants are equipped and confident in applying skills, methods and processes as effectively as possible to their professional ventures.
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EEC’s view on Paris COP21

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One of the major stories of the 2015 Paris climate talks was the ‘one word that nearly killed the climate deal’. Only hours from the final vote it was discovered that in a draft agreement the word ‘should’ had been replaced with ‘shall’. This one word carried huge financial and legal obligations. Thankfully, when this accidental change had been amended and the deciding vote came late on Saturday 12 December, the accord was accepted with cheers and applause. The importance of this one word in the context of the monumental Agreement is not to be understated. In the same way, the importance of this Agreement cannot be underestimated with regards to the essential action that must be taken against climate change.
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Industry Report: Non-Conventional Solar Energy Technologies

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In a future society with limited access to fossil fuels, the availability of technologies for efficient and on demand delivery of renewable energy will be highly desirable. In this regard, methods that allow for solar energy storage and on demand solar driven power generation are particularly relevant, since the sun is the most abundant energy source available. Small solar energy systems can provide electricity for homes, businesses and remote power needs. Additionally, larger solar energy systems provide more electricity for contribution to the national electric power system. Solar energy systems can be divided into two major categories: photovoltaic and thermal. Photovoltaic cells produce electricity directly, while solar thermal systems produce heat for buildings, industrial processes or domestic hot water. Thermal systems can also generate electricity by operating heat engines or by producing steam to spin electric turbines. Solar energy systems have no fuel costs, so most of their cost comes from the original investment in the equipment.
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COP21: A Review of the Paris Agreement, by Prof. Scott Sklar, The George Washington University

COP21 Paris Agreement
(This link will direct you to the Energy Learning Journal) Prof. Scott Sklar teaches interdisciplinary courses in sustainability at The George Washington University. He is also a Director of The GWU Solar Institute, and an Affiliated Professor at CATIE university in Costa Rica. Professor Sklar is one of EEC’s Expert Lecturers on the courses in Solar Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Management & Finance. The 21st Council of the Parties (COP21) ended in Paris as the first time in history where most of the countries in the world actually agreed to very public and somewhat ambitious actions to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As one leading journal stated, “In many ways Paris was already a success before the conference itself convened. For the first time...
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Industry Report: Energy Efficiency, Carbon Finance & Trading, and Climate Change

Conference Renewable Energy technologies
The UK now has an opportunity to optimise the energy use of both domestic and business customers, reducing bills and warming homes, while at the same time delivering a more sustainable society. Individuals can do this by taking action to reduce their demand, such as turning off energy-consuming products that are not in use, buying products that are more efficient, or installing energy efficiency measures in their homes. Businesses can take similar actions, which also reduces their long-term operating costs. Through greater energy efficiency we can use less fuel or power to enjoy the same level of output. Improved energy efficiency can provide many economic, social and environmental benefits for the UK and yet we are not doing all we can to realise them.
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History and Function of Polymer-based Organic Photovoltaic Cells

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(This link will direct you to the Energy Learning Journal) Doctor Alexander M. Schneider, PhD in Chemistry at The University of Chicago, discusses the history and function of Polymer-Based Organic Photovoltaic Cells. As populations outside of Europe and North America begin to enter the global middle class, one of the most notable effects of that transition will be a skyrocketing worldwide demand for electricity. This can already be observed in the worldwide trends in electricity consumption (Figure 1 [1]). In order to build this new growth on a sustainable foundation, much of this energy must come from....
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