The Professional Master’s Degree Renewable Energies of TECH trains professionals to take advantage of the benefits of hydropower and design their plants to get the best results 

Renewable energies are clean, inexhaustible, and increasingly competitive sources of energy, one of them is hydroelectric energy, which is obtained by harnessing the kinetic and potential energies of water currents, waterfalls, or tides, either by mills or dams. In this way, the Professional Master’s Degree Renewable Energies was created by TECH University with the knowledge and updates currently demanded and required by engineering, project consultancy, and operation companies in this field. 

Since ancient civilizations, such as the Romans or Chinese, used watermills to harness the power of water, from this premise, hydraulic energy is currently one of the preferred energy sources to produce electricity. From there, hydroelectric power plants were created to convert into electrical energy the difference in potential energy of a given mass of water when it is transferred between two points at diverse altitudes or elevations. Likewise, the terms reservoir, dam and power plant are commonly heard, and each of them refers to a different reality that can be identified as follows:

  • Dam: It is the civil works infrastructure and its physical characteristics include the height above the foundation, the length of the crest and the volume of concrete.
  • Reservoir: It is the water storage and to know its real situation, two main variables must be analysed: water level and stored volume.
  • Power plant: This one is the construction where the generation units are located. The two basic magnitudes to define a hydroelectric power plant are the head and the flow. 

Professional Master’s Degree Renewable Energies

The students from TECH will learn about the situation of the world energy market and its regulatory framework at the international level, as well as the different parties involved in the financing, management, and operation of renewable energy projects. Thus, the program treats in depth the distinct types of hydroelectric power plants which can be categorized by their production capacity or by the source of water they use to produce electricity.

1.  Classification by power rating: There are three types of plants are classified according to the power they have and the amount of hydroelectric energy they are capable of accumulating:

  • Micro hydroelectric power plants: These are the smallest and reach maximums of 1 MW.
  • Mini-hydroelectric power plants: Those with a power of between 1MW and 10MW.
  • Large power plants: It is all those with capacities greater than 10MW.

2.  Classification by location: This is related to the type of water source used to produce electricity. There are three main types of power plants:

  • Flowing water plants: They are located on the banks of a river to take advantage of the flow and generate energy. It does not have a significant storage ability and has a continuous operation, although variable throughout the year. 
  • Regulating plants: In this case, it is possible to store water and regulate its operation to meet demand management needs. The storage capacity is achieved by a reservoir located upstream of the plant and, depending on its capacity, seasonal, annual, and even hyper-annual regulation is used.
  • Reversible or pumping plants: These centrals generate energy and accumulate electrical energy by pumping water to an upper reservoir.

The program is designed to understand and assume the ways of working in this field through a didactic and innovative teaching, based on the practical application of the contents, the engineer will learn and understand the operation of these energies thanks to the topics addressed such as renewable energies and their environment, hydrogen as an energy carrier, emerging renewable energies, hybrid systems, storage, stakeholders, digital transformation and industry 4.0, hydropower systems and its benefits, among others.

Re-Learning method

The Professional Master’s Degree Renewable Energies of TECH is developed entirely online. During the 12 months of training, the student has access to the program's contents at any time and from any device, allowing them to self-manage the study time with maximum flexibility and adapt to each student's schedule. 

It has its own learning method, 'Re-Learning', based on asynchrony and self-management. The contents are presented in an attractive and dynamic way in multimedia capsules that include audio, videos, images, diagrams, and conceptual maps to corroborate knowledge.

TECH Technological University

TECH Technological University, the world's largest university, is also the official online university of the NBA (National Basketball Association) in Latin America. It belongs to the TECH educational group, a Spanish-owned multinational recognized by the Financial Times as one of the 200 fastest-growing companies in Europe. The company, founded and directed by Manuel Sánchez-Cascado de Fuentes, has also been considered the most highly valued Spanish technology company in the last 15 years.

Thanks to its fully digital learning system, it supplies training to students from anywhere in the world. An international trajectory has allowed it to become a benchmark in distance learning, with a catalogue of over 10,000 programs, over 100,000 new students each year, and 500,000 graduates from over 150 countries.

Specialized highly qualified postgraduate programs, they offer their students the best training programs at an international level, being leaders in employability with 99% of their students working in the first twelve months, according to data from the consulting firm KPMG.