Renewable energies have the advantage of a lower impact on the environment compared to other energy sources. Over the next few years, an increasing dependence on the energy supply on renewable sources is expected. Thus, at the national level, arises the National Action Plan for Renewable Energies 2011-2020, prepared with the purpose of reinforcing the priority objectives in energy policy and with the determination to comply with Spain's commitments in the international arena and the derived from our membership of the European Union. In addition to helping to reduce pollution, its implementation will reduce our energy consumption and our energy dependence on the outside, which currently exceeds 80%. This plan, which is currently in force, estimates in a first approximation that the contribution of renewable energies to final energy consumption in Spain will be 27% by 2020, while the contribution of renewables to production of electricity would reach 43%, both exceeding the target set by the European Union (20 and 40%, respectively). These surpluses could generate significant benefits for Spain by transferring them to other states through the flexibility mechanisms provided.
In this sense, solar energy is one of the most widely used energy sources for energy use for the purpose of electricity production. Its evolution over the next few decades is expected to be decisive in reaching the percentages determined by the action plans promoted worldwide, which is based on the need to have knowledge in society, as well as qualified professionals. Increasingly, the industry is opting to insert renewable parts in its lines of action, which adds to the already evident growing demand for the installation of solar thermal or photovoltaic systems in any part of our geography. Andalusia plays a fundamental role because it is a world reference in the development of solar technology, thanks to the Almería Solar Platform, in addition to having a very important and decisive solar energy potential for sustainability and reducing the footprint of carbon. Therefore, this Specialization Diploma presents a novel combination of topics that will allow knowing how to design concentrating solar and photovoltaic systems from scratch, in order to know how to make designs adapted to any need. Also, this specialization responds to the demand originated by different sectors and organizations, to train personnel in the design and implementation of solar systems for the generation of electricity.
In addition, this new itinerary has the private sector as a reference, for the greater use of the renewable potential within its industry, as well as to be able to provide professional specialists in terms of recent trends in solar energy available in the market, since, There will be pioneer research centers in the development and evaluation of new solar technologies.Basic or general skillsG1. User orientation. Ability to respond to the demand of users of solar systems, interpreting their needs as well as to satisfy them with levels of efficiency and quality, with the presentation of knowledge focused on the solar resource and its use.
G2. Continuous improvement Ability to search for solutions and proposals for improvement by adapting and modernizing processes and methodologies through continuous learning and research, focused on the use of energy in concentrated solar thermal and photovoltaic plants.
G5. Adaptability. Ability to guide one's own behavior to achieve objectives when new needs arise in solar systems, new data or changes in the environment, where new opportunities may appear in the framework of renewable energies, and specifically, in solar energy.Specific competencesE1. Analytical, planning and organizational skills. It is the general ability that a person has to perform a logical analysis. The ability to identify problems in solar environments, such as creating a new system, entails a series of requirements. First, it is necessary to recognize significant information, carry out a study of the energy potential available in the area, where it is necessary to search and coordinate relevant data and effectively determine the goals and priorities of the study, establishing the procedure, the deadlines and the required resources. Ability to analyze, organize and present statistical data and establish relevant connections between numerical data. Ability to establish mechanisms for monitoring and verifying information aimed at achieving goals and priorities. To be able to define a study of the solar resource in depth, with the determination of meteorological type years, to know techniques to estimate the solar resource during the operation of a solar system (be it concentrating or photovoltaic solar power plant), as well as to acquire the most important guidelines for develop a solar project, are the potentials that can be acquired with this competence.
E3. Leadership. Ability to contribute to the success of the team and the institution through work planning and management, such as creating an innovative solar system combining different prototypes of solar plants; of setting objectives and achieving results and contributing to the success of the organization. In the business sector, this competition is essential to stand out from companies that offer solutions in the market. Ability to anticipate and manage change taking into account the potential of stakeholders, especially in a renewable environment, where new technological prototypes appear constantly. Ability to communicate, negotiate, adapt and take risks. Ability to inspire confidence, motivate people towards the achievement of institutional and personal objectives and become a reference model of the institution.
E4. Innovation and knowledge management. Produces, manages and optimizes knowledge generation processes and establishes mechanisms for its efficient management and recovery, allowing to establish new levels of improvement in the processes involved in each of the areas or functional units, such as in the study of techniques. estimation and prediction of solar plant production; in the integration of renewables in traditional electricity generation systems, or in the design of commercial solar plants.RecipientsNumber of places offered: maximum 40, minimum 10.
To access the title, the student must be in possession of an official university degree and valid throughout the national territory. Access for graduates according to educational systems outside the EHEA may be carried out without the need to homologate their degrees, only a recognition is produced for the sole purposes of taking their own teachings - after verification by the university that they accredit a level of training equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university degrees and which empower the country that issues the degree to access postgraduate education. Access by this means will not imply in any case, the homologation of the previous degree in possession of the interested party or its recognition for other purposes than that of taking the teachings for which the admission is requested. Qualifications and / or knowledge related to renewable energies are recommended.AdmissionAdmission will be done in chronological order of receipt of applications, after verification of the requirement to be in possession of an official university degree.Academic programModule 1. Fundamentals of solar radiation (7.5 ECTS).
Module 2. Concentrating solar thermal plants (9.5 ECTS).
Module 3. Photovoltaic solar systems (10 ECTS).
Final Project (3 ECTS).