Special Issue "Recent Advances in Sustainable Energy Systems Education"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical Power and Energy System".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Philip Jennings
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Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Interests: surface physics, nanotechnology, photovoltaics, environmental radiation, climate change and renewable energy education
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable energy supply systems are a rapidly developing industry, and there is substantial worldwide demand for appropriately trained professionals to research, design, install, and maintain systems that are based on renewable energy sources. Many educational providers have responded to this emerging market by offering courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional education levels that address this perceived need of industry and society. This Issue of Energies will review recent advances in curriculum design and training practices to prepare students to work in the sustainable energy industry. Papers that address the needs of the renewable energy industry, curriculum design for sustainable energy systems, or technologies and/or case studies of sustainable energy systems courses are welcome. A companion issue will address energy use education including energy management, solar architecture, and carbon accounting.

Prof. Dr. Philip Jennings
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Solar energy
  • Biomass energy
  • Wind energy
  • Sustainable energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Education
  • Training

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Benchmarking a Sustainable Energy Engineering Undergraduate Degree Against Curriculum Frameworks and Pedagogy Standards from Industry and Academia
Energies 2020, 13(4), 822; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13040822 - 13 Feb 2020
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There is an urgent need for educational institutions to produce graduates with appropriate skills to meet the growing global demand for professionals in the sustainable energy industry. For universities to stay at the forefront of meeting this global demand from industry, universities need [...] Read more.
There is an urgent need for educational institutions to produce graduates with appropriate skills to meet the growing global demand for professionals in the sustainable energy industry. For universities to stay at the forefront of meeting this global demand from industry, universities need to ensure their curricula and pedagogies stay relevant. The use of benchmarking is a key means of achieving this and ensuring any gap between university curricula and the practical needs of industry is minimized. The aim of this paper is to present an approach to benchmarking a sustainable energy engineering undergraduate degree with respect to curriculum frameworks recommended by industry and pedagogy standards required and recommended by academia and education research. The method uses the Murdoch University renewable energy engineering degree major as a case study. The results show that the learning outcomes of the renewable energy engineering units, in general, align well with the recommended learning outcomes for a complete sustainable energy degree, as prescribed by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. In addition, assessment task and marking criteria for the capstone unit of the major were at Australian Universities’ standard. A similar approach to benchmarking can be adopted by developers of new or existing sustainable energy engineering degrees in order to align with curriculum frameworks and pedagogy standards required by industry and academic peers. Full article
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