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ENERGY: The “Energy University” for Efficiency-Minded Professionals


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Global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric South Africa, believes its vendor-neutral online Energy University, which provides free and easy access to practical education on energy management across the board, is highly appropriate for the local industry to assist in achieving energy efficiency savings.

According to Gys Snyman, vice president for energy efficiency at Schneider Electric South Africa, the organisation’s Free Energy University “is a highly practical and innovative means of ensuring that all future electrical engineers and electricians are aware of and trained in the energy efficiency approach to power generation, distribution and consumption”.

He adds that energy efficiency is critical to everyone’s future and that with increased competition for finite resources, the time to address energy consumption is now. “The Energy University curriculum will prepare you to meet these challenges with knowledge that you can put to work immediately,” he says.

So far, 92 percent of Energy University enrollees said they would take a course again. Training is free and is based on an online programme of product-neutral education for professionals in all industries and at all organisational levels.

How the Energy University Works

“Energy University is a Web-based, on-demand resource for gaining the tools and information needed to effect positive change in your organisation’s energy management practices. Based on the philosophy behind sound energy efficiency and conservation, the courses encompass energy consumption, applications, ROI calculations, and solutions that can be easily understood and implemented,” explains Snyman.

“Convenient courses last one hour or less. All you need is an Internet connection to take a class at whatever time works for you. As you complete courses, you can receive professional education credits, and build toward our Energy Certificate.”

Course content is relevant to critical end markets that represent 72 percent of worldwide energy consumption, including energy and infrastructure, industry, buildings, residential, data centres and networks.

“Energy is the catalyst for progress, but using it wisely is the new catalyst for business,” concludes Snyman.

Available Energy University Courses

Energy University is available on-demand via and course offerings are as follows (please visit WEBSITE for more information about each course):

• Active Energy Efficiency Using Speed Control
• Alternative Power Generation Technologies
• Building Envelope
• Combined Heat and Power (Cogeneration)
• Commissioning For Energy Efficiency
• Data Centre Efficiency: Reducing Electrical Power Consumption
• Demand Response and the Smart Grid
• Distributed Generation
• Efficient Motor Control with Power Drive Systems
• Energy Audits
• Energy Audits Instrumentation I
• Energy Audits Instrumentation II
• Energy Efficiency Fundamentals
• Energy Efficiency Units and Concepts
• Energy Efficiency with Building Automation Systems Part 1
• Energy Efficiency with Building Automation Systems Part 2
• Energy Procurement I
• Energy Procurement II
• Energy Procurement III– Balanced Hedging Strategies
• Energy Rate Structures Part I: Concepts and Unit Pricing
• Energy Rate Structures Part II: Understanding and Reducing your Bill
• Establishing Benchmarks for Data Centre Efficiency Measurements
• Financing and Performance Contracting for Energy Efficient Projects
• Going Green with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
• Going Green: Energy Efficiency in the Data Center
• HVAC and Characteristics of Air
• HVAC and Psychometric Charts
• HVAC and Psychometric Charts– SI Version
• Increasing Data Center Efficiency through High Density Power Distribution
• Industrial Insulation I
• Industrial Insulation II: Design Data Calculations
• Industrial Insulation III
• Introduction to Lighting Basics
• Lighting Basics I for Energy Efficient Applications
• Lighting Basics II for Energy Efficient Applications
• Maintenance Best Practices for Energy Efficient Facilities
• Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
• Measuring Data Centre Efficiency
• Measuring Data Centre Electrical Efficiency
• Measurement and Verification
• Power Factor Correction and Harmonics
• Strategies for Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers
• Strategies for Saving Energy in a Retail Environment
• The Economics of Energy Efficiency
• US Energy Codes and Standards
• Waste Heat Recovery

These courses show the vast range in which studies can be applied and what exactly is learned during your time with the Energy University.

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