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ALPER Bears fruits‌ Adapting Learning Programme for Renewable Energy project (ALPER), conducted within the scope of Lifelong Learning Program Leonardo Da Vinci Innovation Transfer Projects; consists of several work packages such as module development, desk research, improvement of laboratory quality standards, and instruction of trainers and publishing of results.

Modules and Desk research has been prepared...

ALPER Project Bears Fruits.................................................1I Renewable Energy Implementations in Kocaeli..................5 Renewable Energies in Greece............................................. 7I Training of Trainers...............................................................8

Within the scope of the project, renewable energy technologies such as wind energy systems, solar energy systems, which would also promote and improve employment capabilities in the renewable energy sector, were identified and instruction programmes were developed to be employed in those branches. It is intended that, during the development of the instruction curricula, that a desk research should be conducted for the EARTHCARE: Counsellors and Advisors on Renewable Energy Occupations programme project, which is scheduled for innovation transfer and is part of Leonardo daVinci programme, so that the results from this desk research will provide insight from the European experience for the national education system.



In addition to this, almost 60 corporations working on renewable energy sector on 20 province were visited and their employers were assessed for their technical expertise as part of field studies conducted before the project. The intention was to ensure that renewable energy instruction curricula would match up with the needs of industry. This field of study is already available in Turkey, in Kocaeli Atat端rk Technique and Industrial Vocational High School for the first time, and students are being accepted since 2011-2012 academic year.

Laboratory Quality Standards were set Following the inspection of EARTHCARE project equipment that were transferred, a study has been initiated ot determine the laboratory specifications. During the on-line and sectorial study, which took 200 man-hours, Kocaeli and Yalova Universities offered support in form of technique expertise. As a result of the studies, workshops were planned to be used for the instructional period regarding renewable energies. With minor adjustments, in accordance with opinions of projects partners, the work package was completed containing the following workshops;


- Classroom - Solar energy laboratory. - Biogas laboratory. - Electrics and electronics laboratory.

- Large wind energy laboratory. - Small wind energy laboratory. - Main production laboratory.

Last version of the work package was presented to project partners during the meeting in Spain and received their approval. Ultimately, with the preparation of this important work package, it was intended to provide support and value to the domestic firms, agencies and institutions working on renewable energy resources and energy efficiency training sectors.

Instructors are being trained One of the main goals is the training of instructors who will provide training in vocational high schools, directly or indirectly, on renewable energy subjects as part of ALPER project. First training session was held in Spain, second session was held in Mytilene Island in August 28th, 2013 and the last session will held in Turkey in December 17th, 2013 in two steps. During the first step, integration of support material and the subject of renewable energy into the curricula was demonstrated. This step includes the description of renewable energy sources, their advantages and disadvantages.


7 A 4 year long vocational training curricula, drafted as a result of ALPER project, and necessary laboratory specifications to apply the curricula was introduced. The training session concentrated on biomass energy, as the curricula developed during the ALPER project covers wind, solar and biomass energy as well as energy efficiency. The second step of the training consisted of biofuel related subjects and the trainees were instructed on how to cover the subject material and the necessary application techniques. The third training will be covered during the conference program that will be held in Kayseri, in December.

Promoting ALPER (Fairs and conferences) ALPER project is being promoted through various fairs and activities. Promotion activities includes many events and organizations such as; East Marmara Human Resources Fair, Education festivals, International Industry and 6 Technology Expo, 5th Symposium of Energy Efficiency and Quality, Smart networks Workgroup, International Employment and Communications Expo, International Building Expo.

Renewable Energies in Greece Fatih Durmuş The electric production in Turkey is supplied by 47% natural gas, 32% hydro plants, 20% coal plants and only 1% is supplied by renewable resources. In contrast, electric production from renewable sources is around 15% in Europe. In that regard, ALPER aims to increase vocational training opportunities in the developing "Renewable energy sector" and to help provide the demand for intermediate personnel. One of the special goals of the project is to improve awareness of Renewable energy resources in corporate and individual levels, through promotion and PR activities. Kocaeli produces electricity from wind and the sun. The next goal of Kocaeli, having reached the level of producing electric from biogas and waste material, is to build a hydro plant.

Solar Energy

Built on İzmit Doğukışla youth park. 198 solar panels, covering 256 square meters, built over the covered grandstands of soccer fields located in the park, provide electricity for 120 lamps, and also helps the motors for the ornamental ponds run 80% more efficient. Able to produce 31KW/h of electricity, the excess amount is fed to city energy network.




Wind Energy Wind power stations, the first among the alternative energy sources is located at two areas in Kocaeli. Metropolitan municipality installed two wind stations in Gebze and İzmit.

Electric demand of Gaziler Dağı area, 1030 decares wide, is being supplied by wind turbines installed there. Energy currently produced by the station is supplied to SEDAŞ, and the facility produces 40MW electricity monthly. Other wind stations are located at İZAYDAŞ factory area.

Biogas Energy Biogas project, first of its kind in Turkey, is being run with the collaboration and support of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, TUBITAK-MAM, Mediterranean University Faculty of Agriculture, Kocaeli University Faculty of Engineering, Süleyman Demirel University Faculty of Agriculture, Ege University Sun Institute. Funded totally by TUBITAK, costing 5,731,000 TL and planned for completion in 32 months, the project produces 10 million KW of energy yearly.


Renewable Energies in Greece Xenia Chronopoulou Greece is a country with significant investment potential in renewable energies. The country is bound by EU regulations and Kyoto Protocol agreements and, as such, has a specific national target for RES at 20% of final energy consumption by 2020. The development of renewable energy sources has been positive for the past 20 years. During the past five years electricity production from RES has almost doubled in share. At year end 2011, the contribution of renewable energy to electricity production was about 5%, excluding the big hydro units, which account for an additional share of 4%. A striking 53% of the produced energy comes from the use of lignite, followed by a 29% from natural gas. The wind resources in Greece are among the most attractive in Europe, with a profile of more than 8 metres/second and/or 2,500 wind hours in many parts of the country. It is estimated that in 2011, 1400 MW of wind farms were operating, while the target is 7,500 MW to be installed by 2020, from which 300 MW are attributed to offshore wind farms. Solar and photovoltaic sectors constitute the second more important renewable energy sector in Greece and it is estimated that one third of Greece’s energy requirements could be met with solar. Greece is encouraging the development of solar thermal energy and a number of small- and mid-size companies have invested in this sector. As a result, today’s capacity in installed PVs has reached 340 MW and is expected to reach 2.200 MW by 2020.




8 Biomass and biofuels sectors are still underdeveloped in Greece but have been identified as strong market components with high growth potential. In Greece, the agricultural sector accounts for more than 5% of GDP, more than three times the EU average of 1.8%. Companies involved in biomass and biofuels have abundant sources of raw materials. In addition, the Greek government has committed to replace 10% of current transport fuels with biofuels by 2020 thus guaranteeing the further development of these two sectors in the next decade. The current installed capacity of biomass plants is 43 MW.

Training of Trainers in Greece The training of trainers session in Greece took place in Mytilene, on the 28th of August 2013. The session was organised by the 5th Highschool of Mytilene and IDEC S.A. and was hosted in the training room of the 5th Highschool. 23 persons participated in the training, with 10 coming from Greece. The background of the participants was diverse but with a strong focus on renewable energy sources and environmental studies (vet teachers in the subjects of electricity, environmental programmes, computer science, chemistry and biology).

9 The renewable energy that was presented in the sample training was biomass and biofuels. The trainers, Ms Ms. Sibel Kabakçý and Ms. Merve Nazli Borand presented the theory, resources that the trainers can use in their classes, as well as concrete experiments that they can perform related to biofuels. All participants expressed at the end of the day their satisfaction from the training of trainers session and favorably evaluated the quality of the materials and presentations and the new skills and knowledge they acquired through their participation to the training. The next training of trainers will take place in Kocaeli, Turkey. **********************************************************************************

Interesting EU funded projects (LLP- TOI) related to Renewable Energy Sources and Education

- RES COMPASS: Online portal with more than 40 occupation profiles in the field of renewable energy sources, occupational guidance tool and database of training offers in the EU []. - Renewable Energy for FUture GEnerations - REFUGE: The main objectives of the project include identification and analysis of new professions in the field of renewable energy sources and their adaptation to Slovak conditions, preparation of a training as well as textbooks for the field of renewable energy sources applicable for the study field “Technician for energy facilities of buildings" [] . The training included:  presentation about ALPER project,  information about the vocational education and more specifically the renewable energy education in Spain, Lithuania, Turkey and Greece,  teaching methods for renewable energy education and  sample training of trainers session.


- European Logistic Management Programme in Renewable Energy Sector ELOMPRES: E-learning course on the subject of Logistics Management in Renewable Energy Sector [].




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