Master in Renewable Energy (RENE) is a 2 year masters programs offered by 4 European universities in collaboration. Renewable energy is a key player in the global energy sector and new technologies, ideas, and businesses are opening up leading to huge growth in the sector. RENE provides students the opportunity to study renewable energy technologies along with business skills and innovation management to produce future energy engineers, energy managers, energy entrepreneurs and innovators.

Students receive a diploma in business, innovation and entrepreneurship from ESADE, Spain and a double degree from any two of the following mentioned universities:

Master in Renewable Energy description

Student take core modules; concepts/methods in advanced technology concepts, production and utilization of sustainable energy during their first year. Students also participate in training related to business and management. RENE program covers 4 sectors; solar photovoltaics, wind, solar thermal and marine energy, along with courses on energy market, energy economy, energy and the environment.

Students during their second year focus on their specialization, which includes; solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, hydropower, wind energy, ocean and offshore energy, biomass and biofuels, integration of renewable systems with energy systems. Master’s thesis is required to be completed in the fourth semester, students are encouraged to take part in an internship in accordance with their thesis at our industrial/start-up partners or research center. Master’s thesis is supervises by a university professor and a researcher from the industry/research partner.

Students of the RENE program receive industrial exposure, industrial training, leadership skills, innovation and entrepreneurship expertise. More than 25 companies are currently involved with Master in renewable energy program, including: CorPower Ocean AB, AEInnova,EOLOS, Siarq, Iberdrola, Gas Natural Fenosa, EdF, EDP, Meyer Burger, COMSA Corporación, Principle Power Inc, Smalle Technologies, and Tecnoturbines.

Master in renewable energy helps students to learn a wide range of aspects in sustainable energy systems, energy sources, energy management, energy economy and planning. Graduates learn the ability to judge technical, social, economic and environmental impacts of renewable technologies. Interpersonal skills, like project management, leadership, business communication and management are also imparted to students.

Master in Renewable Energy curriculum

UPC curriculum:

Energy resources
Smart grids
Hydrogen and fuel cells
Photovoltaic devices
Thermal energy storage
Computational methods in energy technology
Solar thermal energy
Geothermal energy
Biomass and waste
Solar photovoltaics
Energy markets
Energy and environment
Electrical equipments
The power system
Thermal equipment
Renewable energy technology
Energy efficiency and rational use of energy
Technological communication and entrepreneurship
Wind power
Integration of renewable energy to the grid
Power electronics applied to distributed energy sources

KTH curriculum:

Introduction to energy technology
Climate change mitigation tools
Innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy engineering
Sustainable power generation
Modeling of energy systems
Advanced renewable energy systems technology
Sustainable energy utilization
Renewable energy technology
Applied heat and power technology
Energy and environment
Computational methods in energy technology
Computational fluid dynamics and mathematics
Experimental energy technology
Energy policy and planning

École Polytechnique curriculum:

Python for beginners
Managing natural resource
Energy and environment
Experimental work in environmental physics
Humanities and French culture
Power electrical engineering for renewable energy
PV solar energy
Energy industry value chain
Mathematics and numerical modeling
Decision theory
Fluid structure interactions
Meteorology and environment
Thin film PVs
Smart grid for renewable energy
Chemical storage of energy
Hydro, wind and marine resources
Technology based entrepreneurship
Sustainable strategy and business models
Material science for energy storage and conversion Continental hydrology and water resources
Mechanics for wind energy
Laboratory course in photovoltaics
Wind power
Green house gases : challenges and observations
Introduction to atmospheric composition
Organic based materials for third generation solar cells
Environment and development
Energy and sustainable development economy
Sea state, coastal waves and morphodynamics
Climate change and energy generation

IST curriculum:

Energy management
Instrumental and measurements
Electrical and electromechanical systems
Economics and energy markets
Electronic fundamentals
Renewable sources and distributed power generation
Environment and sustainability
Decision support models
Thermodynamics and combustion phenomenon
Fluid mechanics
Energy storage
Energy and Electrochemistry
Wave energy
Offshore wind energy
Pump and hydropower systems
Hydromineral and geothermal resources
Alternative fuels
Marine current and tidal energy
Logistics management and operations
Technology based entrepreneurship
Sustainable development, energy and environment
Waste to energy
Production and demand of electrical energy
Power system network analysis
Electrical machines
PV solar energy

Admission and Requirements

A 180 ECTS credits or equivalent bachelor degree in engineering is required (electrical/electronics/energy engineering, mechanics, chemistry or engineering physics). Applicants with a previous degree in electrical/electronics need to show a solid foundation in material science and thermal sciences. Applicants with previous degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering must demonstrate a good understanding of circuit theory, electrical machines and electronic fundamentals. Candidates with bachelor degree in other disciplines will be assessed on a case by case basis. Knowledge in economic sciences is also appreciated.

To apply for the program, candidates need to apply via online application system. Following documents are required while applying (in PDF format):

  • Bachelor degree certificate and transcript (in original language and translated into English)
  • CV
  • Passport copy
  • Motivation letter
  • English proficiency certificate (IELTS: 6.5. no section below 5.5, TOEFL: 92, 22 or above in writing, CPE/CAE)
  • Additional documents (work experience, internships, awards etc)

There are several application rounds for the Master’s program:

  • Round 1: Oct. 21, 2019 to Nov. 17, 2019
  • Round 2: Nov. 25, 2019 to Jan. 19, 2020
  • Round 3: Jan. 27, 2020 to Mar. 8, 2020
  • Round 4: Mar. 16, 2020 to 26 Apr. 26, 2020
  • Round 5: May 4. 2020 to Jun. 7, 2020

Fees and Scholarships

For 2020 the participation fee is €15,000 per year, students who get admitted need to pay a non-refundable fee of 250 Euros. Several scholarships are available for 2020 session including; Academic excellence scholarship (limited to admission round 1 & 2) awards 15,000 Euros fee waiver and a 750 Euros monthly allowance for 24 months OR a 15000 Euros fee waiver with no monthly allowance. Energy impact scholarship (available for all admission rounds) offers 10,000 Euros in participation fee, all applicants applying to the program will be considered for this scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic results, previous education and university of the candidate along with professional background and affinity with innovation and entrepreneurship. Questions regarding the scholarship application process can be directed to, +443331500488.


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