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We know that keeping abreast of latest European Commission policy is time consuming. So, to lighten your load, has produced a fun video version of The Guidelines on Making Technical Cooperation More Effective. Watch and learn!
9 March 2010 to 11 March 2010

*Solutions for West Africa’s Offshore Challenges*

Offshore West Africa is now in its 14th year of providing a platform for
technology exchange and new business development. It is the region’s
premier technical forum focused exclusively on West Africa’s offshore Oil
and Gas market.

The conference provides a unique networking opportunity for attendees to
share technology and address issues with experts in their respective fields
and to gain an understanding of the changes that are taking place within
those technologies.

The exhibition offers oil companies, their partners and all suppliers to the
offshore industry a unique platform to showcase their products and services
to the senior industry professionals.

Make plans now to participate in 2010 and gain new insight into the
exploration and development trends in this dynamic region.

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Thorben Kruse posted Information 19 February 2010

A discussion note prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD and
the World Bank Group to contribute to an ongoing global dialogue.

  • Author: World Bank, FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD
  • Year: 2010
  • Link:
Thorben Kruse uploaded a new Document 19 February 2010

100125 Principles for Responsible Agro Investment Extended1

Thorben Kruse uploaded a new Document 19 February 2010

100125 Principles for Responsible Agro Investment Abridged1

15 March 2010 to 19 March 2010

.... Solar Energy International (SEI) Event

*Description: *In this workshop, participants will learn the theory, design
considerations and installation techniques necessary to install and maintain
a solar domestic hot water system. Passive solar water heaters, drainback
systems, antifreeze systems, and photovoltaic powered systems are all
discussed in depth. Pool heating systems and an introduction to space heating
systems are covered as well. Also included are safety considerations, code
compliance, system sizing, and understanding solar collector performance in a
variety of climates and applications.
Solar collectors, mounting systems, pumps, blowers, controls, storage tanks,
heat exchangers, maintenance and more are subjects covered with each type of
system as appropriate. Lessons learned from the history of the solar thermal
industry are an
integral part of the workshop. Hands-on labs or installations and tours of
working solar heating systems are also part of the program.
*Topics Include:*
• Safety Procedures
• Passive Batch Water Heaters
• Closed Loop Anti-Freeze Systems
• PV Powered Pumped Systems
• Space Heating
• Radiant Floor Heating
• Pool Heating
• Mounting Strategies
• Maintenance
• Lessons Learned
• Tours of Working Systems

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22 February 2010 to 27 February 2010

.... Solar Energy International (SEI) Event

*Description:*  This course will provide an overview of the three basic PV
system applications, primarily focusing on grid-direct systems.  The goal of
the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concepts
necessary to work with all PV systems, including:  system components, site
analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and
commissioning.  The course will also cover the basics of sizing a
residential grid-direct system, wire sizing, overcurrent protection, and
grounding – all of which will be expanded upon in PV 202.

*Prerequisites:*  Before participating in either the PV 101 in-person
workshop or PV 101 online course, students are required to complete the
self-paced PV 101 PREP online component. 

*PV 101 PREP:*
This new online component allows immediate access to start your solar
education!  Students receive access information after registration for PV
101.  PV 101 PREP enhances students’ learning experience and allows time
to cover more information in the PV 101 course. 
Students who complete the PV 101 PREP will be able to perform the following:
•    Differentiate between various renewable energy sources and types of
•    Perform power and energy calculations
•    Perform a load analysis for a grid-direct system and evaluate
utility bills and rate plans
•    Implement electrical efficiency measures to reduce system size
The above objectives are covered in the mandatory PV 101 PREP that must be
completed before participating a PV 101 Solar Electric Fundamentals and
Grid-Direct Design workshop.  PV 101 PREP is an online, on-demand
instructorless course, which will require approximately 10-15 hours to
complete and will help you be successful in our PV 101 workshop.
*Students who complete the PV 101 workshop will be able to perform the
•    Analyze net metering and other incentives that effect the final
cost of a PV system
•    List the pros and cons and draw a block diagram of the following
systems:  DC direct, stand-alone, grid-direct, and grid-tied with battery
•    Diagram an array in series and parallel configurations
•    Obtain and apply module specifications for a given module and
determine a module’s performance given various environmental conditions
•    Determine performance of an array/system based on irradiance
changes or for array orientation and tilt angle at a given site
•    Determine the magnetic declination, find the orientation and
altitude angle of the sun, and evaluate the shade potential for a given site
•    List the pros and cons of different mounting structures (ground,
pole, roof, and trackers)
•    Read equipment specification sheets to determine the critical
information needed in system design
•    Size a residential grid-direct system including the inverter,
array, PV source and inverter output circuit conductors (basic), and
overcurrent protection
•    Determine the number of modules that can fit on a given roof space
•    Identify the following wires and components on a three-line diagram
of a residential grid-direct system:  the array, disconnects, inverter, the
equipment grounding conductors, ungrounded conductors, grounded conductors,
the grounding electrode(s), and the system grounds
•    List the order of commissioning and decommissioning, as well as
potential safety hazards, for a grid-direct system
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level
Exam:  After successfully completing this course you are eligible to sit for
the NABCEP Entry Level Exam.  Both NABCEP and SEI recommend that students do
not take the exam immediately following PV 101, but rather spend additional
time preparing.  The NABCEP exam includes questions on grid-direct and
battery-based PV systems.  If students elect to not take PV 203, they will
need to spend a significant amount of time independently studying topics
related to battery-based systems, in addition to the post-course review
recommended by NABCEP. See [1] for more on their
Both our in-person and online PV 101 Courses cover the same curriculum with
varying levels of hands-on experience offered in our in-person sessions. 
All PV 101 Courses require completion of PV 101 PREP online. 

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15 February 2010 to 17 February 2010

Get a fundamental understanding of onshore wind power! You will learn how to
measure and to assess the wind resource. You can carry out a simple energy
analysis for a wind farm and calculate the annual energy yield. You will have
an understanding about wind turbine technology, grid connection, licensing
requirements and environmental impacts. Furthermore you will know global
market trends and parameters that influence the economy of wind farms.
*Target groups:*

The compact course is aimed at participants with limited technical knowledge:
Non-technicians, advisors and consultants, bank employees responsible for the
finance of renewable energy, insurance company employees, those starting
their career, students.
Once you have mastered the course /wind energy fundamentals/ you can enhance
your knowledge in an advanced course on /planning and design/, /financing/,
/operation and maintenance/ and /wind energy in hybrid systems./

*Your benefits:*

* Concise overview of the technology for wind energy and its international
* Understanding of needs of wind power projects
* Rapid learning of theory and practice in a single course
* Tutors with current business experience teach you the current technology 
and point out latest trends
* Knowledge that can be readily put into practical use

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Zaira Girbau Garcia posted Information 15 February 2010


Chennai, India and Hopland, CA, USA, January 4, 2010.