WP Number 3 – Providing the Tools

WP Title: Providing the Tools

Lead: UOWM, Participants: CERTH, BAS Academy

Objectives: Focusing on cutting edge green technologies, the objective of this WP is to provide the trainees with the tools required in order to encourage them to think critically and come up with creative solutions to real cross-border problems. Blended, innovative training approaches will be implemented such as cooperative workshops, focus groups, world café technics, fishbowl discussions and jigsaw groupworking, integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) through the prism on Responsible Research Innovation (RRI). All participants will also be trained at using educational software tools in order to combine theory and simulation work. Trainees will be able to choose to follow between five (5) training courses (Actions 3.1 – 3.5). Each course will run for a total of 240 hours over a six-month period, which will be broken up as 120 hours of contact time (e.g. lectures) and 120 hours of home work. Additional actions (Action 3.6) are also envisaged. Ensuring the sustainability, durability and transferability of the main outputs delivered by GEMS, the training courses developed by the project will be run by the Centre for Life Long Learning (ΚΕ.ΔΙ.ΒΙ.Μ., https://kedivim.UOWM.gr/) of UOWM for a period of at least three (3) years.

Action 3.1. RES Electricity Production for a Post-Lignite Future (M01 – M14): Courses will focus on the following topics: (i) Solar photovoltaics, (ii) Wind power, (iii) Solar water heating, (iv) Combined Heat and Power (CHP), (v) Biomass and (vi) Hydropower, (vii) Geothermal energy, (viii) Heating pumps (ix) Fuel cells – Hydrogen, (xi) Software training: Aspen Plus for RES, (xi) Critical thinking, (xii) Scientific writing.

Action 3.2. Green Mobility and Transport (M01 – M14): Courses will focus on: (i) Electric vehicles, (ii) Hydrogen vehicles, (iii) Energy storage, (iv) Bio-Energy with CO2 capture and storage, (v) Software training: Dymola for green mobility, (vi) Critical thinking, (vii) Scientific writing.

Action 3.3. Smart Buildings (M01 – M14): Courses will focus on: (i) Building Management Systems (BMS), (ii) Automations / Sensors, (iii) Recycled and reused grey waters. (iv) Software training: Autodesk Revit for smart buildings, (v) Critical thinking, (vi) Scientific writing.

Action 3.4. Circular Economy (M01 – M14): Courses will focus on: (i) Waste management – Composting and particularly on Innovative molecular technologies for microbiota estimation helpful in anaerobic digestion, (ii) Recycling – Green manufacturing methods (3d printing of wildlife flora and fauna), (iii) Green city / roof, botanical gardens, Eco-cultivation, (iv) Estimation of carbon footprint in agricultural products (v) Aquaponics (simultaneous production of vegetables and fish in an autonomous system), (vi) Software training: SimaPro for circular economy, (vii) Critical thinking, (viii) Scientific writing

Action 3.5. Strategic Environmental Management (M01 – M14): Courses will focus on: (i) Strategic environmental management (European legislation, environmental management system), (ii) Strategic alignment between organization and its environment (strategic plan, strategic formulation and implementation), (iii) Strategic management as an ongoing process for sustainable development (including not only team of the organizations, but also their stakeholders, strategic environmental management at state, regional and company level).

Action 3.6. Entrepreneurship, innovation and Intrapreneurship (M01 – M14): To enhance the employment opportunities of educated graduates, Business Academy Smilevski will train 15 – 20 unemployed individuals to develop their individual entrepreneurship and start-up capacities. Five of them will be selected and be included in the next step – business incubator support for business plan preparation for innovative firms in green energy. Entrepreneurship is NOT just about start-ups, it’s also about internal innovation at larger organizations. Pilot selected companies will receive training for intrapreneuership and innovation linked with green energy and business opportunities in renewable energy. Five of them will receive consulting support for application development to the Fund for Innovations and Technology Development and IPARD for Elaborates on renewable energy sources.

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