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Educational and Technological Approaches to Renewable Energy

Edited By Walter Leal Filho and Julia Gottwald

This book documents and disseminates a number of educational and technological approaches to renewable energy, with a special emphasis on European and Latin American experiences, but also presenting experiences from other parts of the world. It was prepared as part of the project JELARE (Joint European-Latin American Universities Renewable Energy Project), undertaken as part of the ALFA III Programme of the European Commission involving countries in Latin America (e.g. Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala) as well as in Europe (Germany and Latvia). Thanks to its approach and structure, this book will prove useful to all those dedicated to the development of the renewable energy sector, especially those concerned with the problems posed by lack of expertise and lack of training in this field.


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"E-Learning: Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy in Latin America: a Multinational Training Pilot Module at Postgraduate Level"


“E-Learning: Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy in Latin America: a Multinational Training Pilot Module at Postgraduate Level” N. Amaro, F. Buch, and J.B. Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra1 Abstract A pilot module will be implemented by four of the JELARE project’s partners: Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala and Latvia. Research was carried out by them in their own countries, where a scarcity of multidisciplinary programmes was detected at postgraduate level. The common characteristic was the need to modernize the curriculum by introducing a more diverse outlook. The definitive student profile should aim to provide skills useful to the private and public, non-governmental and academic sectors. The pensum will consist of 13 courses, identified on the basis of an analysis of the competencies needed, contained within three modules: sustainability, environment and renewable energy (with courses such as Sociol- ogy of Development and Global Challenges, Environment and Sustainable De- velopment, Energy Matrix Planning, Energy Economics, Policies and Regula- tions on Energy and Environment as well as courses mainly devoted to renew- able energy and its management). The postgraduate programme is to be imple- mented over four trimesters. Online teaching methods will be introduced high- 1 N. Amaro is at Universidad Galileo in Guatemala, 7ª. Avenida, calle Dr. Eduardo Suger Cofiño, Zona 10, Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala, CA. (Email:, F. Buch is at Universidad Católica Boliviana, (email: and José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra is at Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL), (email: Bal-

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