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ANU  has developed an Energy short course designed to provide an opportunity for mid-career policy and technology professionals  from partner Indo-Pacific countries and regional level bodies to undertake an intensive university level course on the energy transition, with a specific focus on grid integration of renewable energy. Participants will gain applied technical and policy experience and create high-value professional contacts and linkages within the energy sector. 

This short course will ensure that energy transition knowledge and skills are transferred to participants in a way that supports and extends Australia’s international climate change activities and complements Australia’s development assistance program.

The course will be a mix of formal and applied learning, including the development of an Implementation proposal that outlines how the knowledge gained might be applied in the participant’s particular national or institutional context. 


The Energy course will comprise two 2-hour sessions per week for 6 weeks i.e. a total of 12 sessions. 

The delivery will be via teleconference and contact with the class will be via email and an educational interface.

Each session will include:

  • Pre-reading
  • Questions on notice
  • Lectures
  • Discussion session/ Q&A
  • Feedback form

Contact with the participants will begin prior to the first session to provide pre-reading materials, answer questions, and potentially undertake a quiz to determine prior knowledge. 

Course outline

Over the six weeks the program will be highly interactive with a mix of lectures, practical exercises, workshops and discussions groups delivered via twelve sessions. The course topics are presented below.

Week 1

Session 1

The Australian experience in the global context

  • Global energy trends
  • Australia's renewable energy transition

Session 2

Renewable generation

  • Solar (PV and thermal)
  • Wind
  • Hydro, geothermal and other renewables
  • Generation comparisons 

Week 2

Session 3

Energy storage and recovery

  • Batteries
  • Pumped hydro
  • Hydrogen

Session 4

Operation of electricity grids

  • Australian National Electricity Market
  • System-wide planning
  • Electrification of other energy use

Week 3

Session 5

Electricity market mechanisms and energy economics

  • Energy only markets
  • Capacity markets
  • Day ahead markets
  • FCAS markets
  • Other market mechanisms

Session 6

Renewable Energy Policy frameworks

  • Renewable Energy Target
  • Reverse auctions
  • Contracts for difference
  • Feed in tariffs
  • Public grants and equity investments
  • Case study - ACT government 2045 zero-carbon plan
  • Case study - RE integration in the Mekong region

Week 4

Session 7

Micro-grids opportunities and challenges

  • Integration of renewables
  • Integration of storage
  • Smart inverters
  • Barriers

Session 8

Industry workforce planning and transitions

  • The geography of energy employment
  • Transitioning the fossil fuel generation workforce
  • Expanding the renewable energy workforce

Week 5

Session 9

The social transition

  • Social behaviour and change
  • Indigenous participation

Session 10

International renewable energy systems

  • Electricity super-grids
  • Barriers to regional electricity trade
  • Hydrogen/ammonia

Week 6

Session 11

Trade, investment and Green Industrial Policy

  • Green Industrial Policy
  • Commodity-level emissions accounting and certification to support trade
  • Trade and investment policy linkages

Session 12

Concluding session, potentially including:

  • Participant presentations
  • Lecturer panel discussion
  • Closing ceremony and graduation 

Requisite Knowledge

To participate in this course, it is expected that participants have worked professionally in disciplines that deal with climate change , energy and policy making.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this short course, participants will have developed a deeper understanding of the energy transition.  They will also acquire knowledge of how both technology and policy can shape the integration of renewable energy into the grid, enabling economy-wide decarbonisation through the electrification of all energy uses. 

By the end of this course, Participants in the Energy course will:

  • Understand the key technologies that will enable the transition to a zero-emissions energy system
  • Engage with the key technological issues that underpin the integration of renewable energy into the grid
  • Consider the market, regulatory and policy frameworks that underpin the operation and facilitate the transition of the energy sector
  • Consider the socio-economic issues that will need to be addressed in the energy transition
  • Understand the barriers, challenges and opportunities presented by international renewable energy trade.