Education and training

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INTRODUCTION

SOLSTICE : structuring resource of training by and for scientific research in the field of solar energy conversion

 

Because of the skills it brings together in research, SOLSTICE is clearly involved in the training of future graduates specialized in renewable energies, more specifically Solar Energy. The goal is to spread at national and international level the skills it generates from Bachelor to PhD levels to support the development of technologies for management and energy production from this renewable source.

Since 2011, Bachelor, Master and PhD training courses associated with SOLSTICE consortium take benefit of financial and human supports enabling students to follow high quality academic and technological courses. Future graduates thus have access to the knowledge of professors and researchers from partners who regularly intervene on the training sites that are associated with the laboratories. They also access to the technical means implemented within the shared platform of technological education "Energy and Materials" (lien page “Energy and Materials” Technical Platform for Education) and the support of technical staffs. Thus, about 400 students can be trained, from small scale on system components that they directly study, to solar power plant ones during thorough technical visits in the associated laboratories. These students benefit from national and international networks of SOLSTICE laboratories.

TECHNICAL PLATFORM
FOR EDUCATION

The development of new technologies dedicated to classical and renewable energy, and particularly Solar Energy, requires a consistent training at different degrees, of high level technicians, engineers and researchers who will be employed in industry and laboratories both specialized in this sector. All supported degrees (Energy, EEA and EUREC Masters, Sup’EnR School of Engineers, General and Technical Bachelor degrees, PhD School Energy-Environment) are mainly supported by professors and researchers of SOLSTICE Labex associated laboratories with help of industry stakeholders (technical conferences, 1 to 6 months trainings for students).

More precisely, devoted to Science and Engineering techniques, those degrees aim at training students in the field of energy, its management, transportation and production, its reduction, and to renewable energy (photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, but also wind turbine, associated materials and processes, power systems….).

The pooling of technical resources for the learning of industrial and research techniques dedicated to those areas will evidently reinforce the education level needed for future. The creation of a Technical Platform for Education specialized in “Energy and Materials” is currently helping to prepare students in the following high-tech major fields that have to be developed:

- Fundamentals in energy uptake and transfer
- Process engineering: energetic systems design and integration, material science and engineering
- Control/command/instrumentation of energy converters
- Characterization of Materials for Energy: chemical and physical properties
- Modeling

With the help of this Technical Platform for Education, students have opportunity to be trained in an up-to-date technical environment closer to industry and R&D. This platform has been set up thanks to the UPVD project's provision of 450 m2 of premises. It allows to group together the practical teachings of the previous topics. Therefore, we have chosen to pool the financial resources of the SPI Department (Engineering Sciences) of UPVD, Sup’EnR School of Engineers and SOLSTICE-training component in order to present quality materials to students. This reinforces the coherence of the lessons with respect to the research expertise of the consortium on the duration of the project and will extend it beyond. This platform, which is now accessible to about 400 students from the SOLSTICE consortium, allows them to work on a small scale on system components that they study extensively during visits to the associated laboratories.