Offshore Renewable Energy Courses

The offshore renewable energy courses will provide information on the marine energy sector. Two courses will be ran – 1. Renewable Energies Crash Course and 2. Offshore Renewable Energy Course.

 

1. Renewable Energies Crash Course

The aim of the Renewable Energies Crash Course is to advance the exposure of the emerging marine energy sector to those working in parallel or similar work streams in order to build the awareness and knowledge of this sector and ultimately to ensure that the skills requirements for this growing sector are met.

The specific purpose of this Pilot Experience will be to instruct participants in the fundamental principles of the marine energy sector including technical, financial, business and environmental aspects within a European context. There is a great opportunity for Europe to be at the forefront of this growing industry, and in order to do so, there is a requirement for greater knowledge on the mechanisms by which successful marine energy projects are built. The course will feed into Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for individuals who are working within the maritime sector but are not well educated in the marine energy sector.

 

Target Audience

Workers who will be able to transfer the knowledge directly to industry and future workers of the sector.

 

Time and Date

To be confirmed

 

Venue

Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC), Stromness, Orkney, Scotland

 

Methodology

The Renewable Energies Crash Course will be developed by the Aquatera team who have the unique experience of working in the marine renewable energy industry around the world and with experience in all four aspects of this industry as mentioned above. This will be done in consultation with the Thematic Experts of the Offshore Energy and Activities Thematic Group and others as appropriate.

Over the last 19 years of activity, Aquatera has established a global reputation as one of the leading consultancies in the ocean energy sector. Aquatera is one of the most experienced marine energy environmental and technical contractors in the world; having worked on over 250 marine energy studies and several strategic marine energy planning projects. Aquatera’s client base includes leading marine technology and project developers, utilities, agencies and governments. Aquatera is based in Orkney at the heart of the emerging wave and tidal industry and our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that the opportunities associated with wave and tidal energy development are fully exploited and that this development takes place to the highest standards of environmental stewardship. Core members of the Aquatera team are also based in Wales, Singapore, Philippines, London, Ireland and Tenerife. The team has key experience across all aspects of marine renewable energy development from initial site selection including consenting and licencing to project development and market analysis. This experience has been developed within the UK but also across the globe, making Aquatera one of the foremost marine energy consultancies internationally.

This Pilot Experience will be developed directly by people who have significant levels of direct experience in all aspects of marine energy projects, from the supply chain, to business management, project development and environmental consenting. In this way, this Pilot Experience will bring innovation to the addressing of skills gaps in the European offshore renewable sector. This course will focus on the skills required for commercial success in the Offshore Renewable Energy industry, as identified by experts in the industry working in the UK and throughout the world (e.g. Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia and South East Asia).

This course will be developed specifically to address the Lines of Action as identified in WP 1 & 2 and prioritised by experts in WP 3. There are further details of this in the detailed plan for this Pilot Experience.

 

Topics

To be confirmed

 

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level

To be confirmed

 

MATES ‘Strategy Baseline Report’ Lines Of Actions being addressed

The MATES Strategy Baseline report consists of results which were obtained from the extensive work carried out by the MATES partners; workshops with experts, Delphi questionnaires, desk-top studies and surveys. This report synthesises the MATES strategy baseline to bridge the skills gap between training offers and the industry demands in the Maritime Technologies value chain. The full report can be accessed here. Below are the Lines of Actions identified in the report (see pages 17 and 18) which the Renewable Energies Crash Course will address (ORE = offshore renewable energies):

  • ORE2: Energy storage
  • ORE3: Synergies among sectors with significant similarities
  • ORE4: Skills diversification from parallel sectors
  • ORE5: Mutil-disciplinary skills outputs of specialisation
  • ORE8: Skills that are not yet standardised
  • ORE10: 21st Century skills
  • ORE11: Ocean literacy
  • ORE12: Promoting STEM women in ORE

 

MATES partners involved 

Aquatera, Orkney, Scotland

 

 

2. Offshore Renewable Energy Short Course

The purpose of this training is to teach general concepts of offshore wind turbines, such as the types of turbines and their components, as well as maintenance methodologies that should be applied to them, always taking into account safety at work.

The course will have a theoretical part but the main content will be practical. On the one hand, the theory of wind energy and wind maintenance of the turbines in general will be taught. The practical part will include a) Health and safety at heights and confined spaces b) climb a real wind turbine and c) VR applied to maintenance of a turbine. To develop this part, we will have the satmawind.com tool that is available in English.

 

Target Audience

VET, HE VET and University trainers of the following subjects: Energy systems, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. VET teachers interested in the offshore renewable energy sector.

 

Time and Date

5-9 October 2020

 

Venue

IES Universidade Laboral de Culleredo, A Coruña, Spain

 

Methodology

This workshop will be undertaken with the interactive tool satmawind.com, which provides a general understanding of the operation and maintenance of wind turbines. Practical training focused on health and safety as well as access and evacuation conditions at a wind turbine will be taught.

Most of the professors/trainers who teach subjects related to wind energy have not had the possibility of climbing a wind turbine. Therefore, this course will probe how important is to have first-hand experience when teaching subjects to future blue-collar workers.

 

Topics

  • Types of turbines
  • Health and safety at heights and confined spaces
  • Climb a real wind turbine
  • VR applied to maintenance of a turbine

 

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level

  • Level 4 to Level 7

Figure 1: EQF levels compared with achieved education and maintenance personnel positions[1].  

 

Course Instructors

  • Jose Luis Vázquez Otero
  • Gustavo Adolfo Rodríguez Pérez

 

MATES ‘Strategy Baseline Report’ Lines Of Actions being addressed

The MATES Strategy Baseline report consists of results which were obtained from the extensive work carried out by the MATES partners; workshops with experts, Delphi questionnaires, desk-top studies and surveys. This report synthesises the MATES strategy baseline to bridge the skills gap between training offers and the industry demands in the Maritime Technologies value chain. The full report can be accessed here. Below are the Lines of Actions identified in the report (see pages 17 and 18) which the Offshore Renewable Energy Short Course will address (ORE = offshore renewable energies):

  • ORE3: Develop synergies among sectors with significant similarities in their needs to promote skills transferability between them (e.g. Oil and gas, offshore wind energy, ocean energy)
  • ORE4: Skills diversification from parallel sectors
  • ORE5: Multi-disciplinary skills outside of specialisation
  • ORE10: Promote/enhance 21st Century skills: adapted to the different needs of ‘blue collar’ and “white collar” roles: teamwork, communication, analytical skills. (Also referred to as soft skills, and including capacities such as creative thinking and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, knowledge management and transfer, flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, productivity and accountability).
  • ORE12: Promoting STEM women in ORE

 

MATES partners involved 

Led by Xunta de Galicia’s Vocational Education Higher Education.

 

Industry partners

Navantia, Intaf

 

[1] Application of European Qualification Framework (EQF) in Maintenance. Magazine for maintenance & asset management professionals: maintworld.com

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