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New Energy Technologies: Energy Transition and Sustainable Development

Grenoble School of Management via FutureLearn


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Discover how business and technology are taking on the world’s energy challenges

In a world facing pressing energy challenges, the need for alternative energy and new energy technologies has never been more pressing. This course explores the new and upcoming technologies that may help solve some of the world’s biggest energy challenges - examining them from both a business and technological perspective.

Created by Grenoble Ecole de Management and Tenerrdis, alongside Air Liquide, GE Renewable Energy, CNR, Think Smartgrids, Yélé Consulting, Schneider Electric and Grenoble Institute of Technology, it uniquely combines leading academic research with on-the-ground experience.

This course is designed for anyone currently studying or working with electrical networks, electrical engineering, or smart grids.

It will also be useful for anyone working in the wider energy industry, especially those interested in renewable energy or the transition towards sustainable energy technologies.


  • Energy Efficiency
    • Introduction
    • What are the global energy challenges?
    • How is policy fostering energy efficiency?
    • What are the key energy efficiency markets and trends?
    • Why “prosumers” are the cornerstone of the energy transition?
    • Why is the digital revolution driving the innovation on the energy efficiency market?
  • Solar Energy & Hydropower
    • SOLAR: What are the different ways of converting solar energy?
    • SOLAR: What is happening in the solar PV market?
    • SOLAR: What are the economics and the competitiveness of solar energy?
    • SOLAR: What is the market and stage of development of solar energy in the world ?
    • SOLAR: Who are the main industrial actors and key markets in solar PV?
    • SOLAR: What are the trends and innovations for the future?
    • HYDROPOWER: What is hydropower and what are the different kinds of hydropower turbine and dam?
    • HYDROPOWER: What are the challenges of hydropower development?
    • HYDROPOWER: Why is hydropower a key asset in new energy markets, storage & flexibility?
    • HYDROPOWER: What are the facts and figures and who are the main actors?
    • HYDROPOWER: What can be the impact and development of ocean and tidal energy?
    • HYDROPOWER: What are the innovations in hydropower?
    • What about wind energy?
  • Biogas & Hydrogen Energy
    • BIOGAS: What is biomass energy & why biogas?
    • BIOGAS: What is anaerobic digestion (methanisation)?
    • BIOGAS: What are the different usages/applications of biogas?
    • BIOGAS: What is the biogas market in France and in Europe?
    • BIOGAS: Who are the main actors in this market?
    • BIOGAS: What are the innovation projects in this field?
    • HYDROGEN: What are hydrogen and hydrogen-energy?
    • HYDROGEN: What are the challenges regarding hydrogen development/production from renewables?
    • HYDROGEN: How can hydrogen be an energy storage solution?
    • HYDROGEN: How is hydrogen used for energy applications?
    • HYDROGEN: Who are the main actors on the market in France and in Europe?
    • HYDROGEN: What are the innovation projects, road-maps, trends and milestones?
  • Smart Grids
    • What is a smart grid?
    • How will smart grids be connected with smart buildings and smart cities?
    • Why are smart grids a key element of the future electricity system?
    • What are the links between smart grids and storage?
    • Who are the main actors of the smart grid in France and Europe?
    • What are the trends and innovation projects in the smart grids field?

Taught by

Olivier CATEURA and fabrice Arroyo


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  • Anonymous
    A great online course MOOC on new energy technologies (Energy efficiency, Hydropower, Solar energy, Biogas, Hydrogen, Smartgrids). You will learn a lot. Have fun !

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